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Buena Vista
Directions: Located along US Hwy 24

Incorporated in 1879, this town became the county seat in 1880. After a vote to move the seat passed, the disputed question went to the Colorado Supreme Court. But some citizens of the town took the situation into their own hands and took a railroad flat car to Granite in the middle of the night and stole the county records. The Courthouse, built in 1882 with its octagonal cupola, towers over the town. By the turn of the century, the mines came and went and three railroads ran through the town, the Denver & Rio Grande, the South Park and the Colorado Midland. In the 1920s and 1930s, Buena Vista was known as the lettuce capital of the world but competition from California and refrigerated railroad cars ended Buena Vista’s market share.

A list of national and state historic structures and their addresses follows:

  • Bonney House (1883), 408 Princeton Avenue
  • Denver, South Park & Pacific RR Depot (1890-91)
  • First National Bank of Buena Vista Building (1883), 210 E. Main Street
  • Grace Episcopal Church (1883), Park & Main Streets           
  • Orpheum Theater (1910), 409-415 E. Main Street     
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church (1880), 343 Colo. Hwy 24, South
  • Turner Place, 829 W. Main Street      
  • Wright-Sindlinger House (circa 1882), 400 W. Main Street
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