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Directions: Follow same directions to St. Elmo; continue past St. Elmo to Romley

The Road up to Hancock follows the old railroad grade. Soon after you get on this road you pass a siding with old boxcars that were used as crew quarters. Originally called Murphy's Switch or Red Town because of the red paint used on the buildings, Romley was home to more than 1000 residents. The Mary Murphy Mine, discovered in 1875, is east of the roadway up the mountain and was the biggest producer of silver and gold in the area. The name Romley came from the alteration one of its later owner's last name, Colonel B.F. Morley. There was a 4,996-foot tramway down to the railroad.  You’ll know when you are at Romley when you leave the grade and go down into a gully.  Note the Morley Bridge that the railroad crossed. It is a historic site.

Pike–San Isabel National Forest
National Register 8/14/2003, 5CF.413

Constructed by the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad in 1881, the Morley Bridge is Colorado's oldest dateable vehicular truss. One of the few remaining truss bridges with both wrought and cast iron components, it is also the only known pin-connected deck truss in the state. Serving first as a railroad bridge, then a vehicular bridge, and now as a pedestrian walkway, the Morley Bridge is one of Colorado's most important spans, having functioned in its original location for over 120 years. The property is associated with the Highway Bridges in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.

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