Near Antonito in Conejos County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
property of the State of Colorado
Near Continental Divide between the
waters of the Rio Grande and the San Juan
”Cumbres” is Spanish for “Summits”
Altitude 10,022 Feet
Railroad built 1880
Tollroad built 1881
Improved highway opened 1923
The State Historical Society of Colorado
the Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation
and by the State Highway Department
and the U.S. Forest Service
Erected 1929 by The State Historical Society of Colorado, State Highway Department, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 37° 1.15′ N, 106° 26.919′ W. Marker is near Antonito, Colorado, in Conejos County. Marker is on State Highway 17, 12 miles south of County Road 128, on the left when travelingTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Antonito CO 81120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Cumbres Pass (approx. 3.3 miles away in New Mexico); Chama (approx. 10.8 miles away in New Mexico); Old Spanish Trail (approx. 12 miles away in New Mexico); a different marker also named Chama (approx. 13.2 miles away in New Mexico).
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque mounted vertically on a 4-foot tall granite boulder.
Also see . . . Cumbres Pass. The railroad line was built in the early 1880s by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad as part of their San Juan Extension line from Alamosa, Colorado to Durango, Colorado. The railroad has a steep (for a railroad) 4% grade approaching from the west, so additional helper locomotives were usually run (and often still are) on trains from Chama to Cumbres Pass. The facilities at the pass were built by the railroad to support the turning of the helper locomotives for their return to Chama, and provide water to locomotives after the climb. Some of the structures at the pass, including the station building, were demolished when the highway was realigned. Regular passenger service was provided by the San Juan Express, running from Alamosa to Durango, and was discontinued in 1951, although numerous rail-fan specials (Submitted on October 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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