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Basalt in Eagle County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Colorado Midland Depot

Constructed in 1885

 
 
Colorado Midland Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 4, 2020
1. Colorado Midland Depot Marker
Inscription.  The Historic Railroad Depot was the first passenger loading area and mail station in the central valley. The Depot was a source of pride and the center of the town. By 1919 the railroad departed Basalt.

From 1930 the building has been repurposed as an International Harvester dealership; a cheese factory; a liquor store; a service station with a pizza place and ice cream parlor and The Basalt Bank.

In 1976 Alpine Bank purchased the structure, did an extensive remodel and brought the building to its current state.
 
Erected by Alpine Bank.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 39° 22.139′ N, 107° 2.022′ W. Marker is in Basalt, Colorado, in Eagle County. Marker is on Midland Avenue east of Midland Spur, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 137 Midland Ave, Basalt CO 81621, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Colorado Midland Depot (here, next to this marker); Colorado Midland Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Basalt History Tour
Colorado Midland Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 4, 2020
2. Colorado Midland Depot Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Snell Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Splendid Spud (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); On the Way to Janeway (approx. 13 miles away).
 
<i>Last passenger train out of Basalt</i> image. Click for full size.
R.O. Strong (courtesy of the Denver Public Library), August 4, 1918
3. Last passenger train out of Basalt
"A steam engine pulling three passenger cars leaves the Basalt train depot in Basalt, Colorado, for the last time. The tracks of the Colorado and Midland Railroad are in the foreground. A lone, closed, car is on one set of tracks near tracks holding open cars and a locomotive. The depot is a one-story building with two gables and two chimneys. The engine house is a large, L-shaped building with several stovepipe chimneys, a large gable and a locomotive inside...."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on July 17, 2020. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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