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 . . . — — Map (db m152905) HM
In 1883, investors created the Colorado Midland Railroad and built track from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista. In 1885 the CMR began tunneling under Hagerman pass, on to Aspen Junction and then to Aspen and Grand Junction. This was the first great . . . — — Map (db m152985) HM
The durable Colorado Midland Depot in Basalt has had a wide and varied career over its 127 years of existence and is still going strong today.
Constructed in 1886, the Railroad Depot was the first passenger loading area and mail station in the . . . — — Map (db m152903) HM
In the lower left corner of the large photo, you can see the edge of the roof of a house, which you are now facing. Constructed as a residence circa 1890, Frank Snell's home was destroyed in the fire of 1897 that devastated the western end of . . . — — Map (db m152902) HM
In March 1908, the "Potato Special” pulled into the Valley. Staffed by government
agents, they promoted the potato, illustrating the latest tools, species and techniques.
The local ranchers took notice, and by 1922 more potatoes were grown . . . — — Map (db m152901) HM
Basalt was formed in the late 1800s. Settlement of the West was influenced by many factors: miners looking for precious metals; ranchers providing meat, grains and vegetables; and the railroads, which served both. Railroads became the lifelines that . . . — — Map (db m152906) HM
Skiing in Colorado
The earliest recorded use of skis in Colorado dates to 1857, when mountain guide Jim Bridger fashioned a crude pair to bail out an army unit snowbound in the San Juan Mountains. Such was the function of "snowshoes" . . . — — Map (db m120241) HM
Camp Hale is the only site developed by the United States Army specifically for mountain and winter warfare training. The location provided natural features necessary for training and convenient access by both a Federal Highway and the Denver & Rio . . . — — Map (db m69168) HM