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Alpine Colorado Railroad workers


Directions: East of St. Elmo, follow same directions as to St. Elmo

The city of Alpine was not in existence very long. The first cabin was built in 1877 and by 1880 there was a population of five hundred. As a supply point for other towns further along Chalk Creek, the city had two hotels, a dance hall, twenty-three saloons, a newspaper and other businesses. By this time, the railroad was extended to St. Elmo and the newspaper, the banks and most businesses packed up and moved to St. Elmo taking most of the population with them. Modern day Alpine is a haven for summer home owners.

State Register 9/13/1995, National Register 4/1/1996, 5CF.838/5GN.2598
The Alpine Tunnel Historic District includes approximately 13 miles of the former Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad rail bed across the Continental Divide from Hancock to Quartz, as well as the Alpine Tunnel itself. Constructed in 1880-1881, the district illustrates the engineering and operational challenges faced by the Colorado Mountain railroads in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The property is associated with the Railroads in Colorado, 1858-1948 Multiple Property Submission.

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