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Union Depot at Denver, CO c1880

The railroad Depot was often the center of activity in the rail yards as passengers scurried to meet trains, pick up packages or just hang out with the local crowd. These buildings ranged in size from small railroad car bodies to elegant cathedral like structures. Some Depots were shared with multiple railroads and these "Union" Depots in the big cities were the grandest of them all.

The Depots were generally a long rectangle that paralleled the railroad tracks. Most of the smaller stops had single story structures. Some of the larger cities had a two story center structure. A wooden platform often existed to allow passengers to easily step onto the train. In some cases the platform had a ramp into the freight handling section of the Depot. Often the roof had a wide overhang to allow the passengers to stand out of the rain and snow. Many Depots had an extended bay window for the yard agent to get a better look at the track. Inside the Depots there was generally some form of waiting room and the all important ticket window.

Most early Depots on the D&RG railroad had the same basic architectural style. The exterior walls were wood siding or board and batten. Roofs were shingled and the paint scheme was the famous "buff and brown" which consisted of a dirty yellow with dark brown trim.

As the years went on, the Depots in surviving towns were sometimes updated with more modern brick or stucco buildings. Many of the Depots along the line were torn down as passenger traffic on the railroad declined and the number of stops was reduced.


Depot Descriptions with Drawings

Depot at Chama, NM

Depot at Durango, CO

Depot at Gunnison, CO

Depot at Rico, CO

Depot at Ridgway, CO

Depot at Silverton, CO


Depot Images (see town descriptions for more)

Alamosa Depot c1900

American Fork Depot 1964

Antonito Depot 1962

Arrow Depot c1920

Aztec Depot 1961

Blanca Depot c1920

Canyon City Depot c1920

Castle Rock Depot c1920

Chama Depot 1995

Cisco Depot 1954

Clifton Depot 1954

Colorado Springs Depot c1900

Craig Depot c1950

Creede Depot 2000

Crested Butte Depot c1940

De Beque Depot 1954

Del Norte Depot 2000

Delta Depot c1910

Denver Moffat Line Depot c1890

Denver Union Depot c1910

Dolores Depot 1940

Dulce Depot c1920

Durango Depot 1997

Eagle Depot 1968

Embudo Depot 1964

Espanola Depot c1920

Farmington Depot 1926

Fort Logan Depot c1900

Glenwood Springs Depot

Grand Junction Union Depot

Grand Valley Depot

Granite Depot c1940

Green River Depot 1954

Hayden Depot 1954

Heber Depot c1970

Helper Depot 1978

Hot Sulfur Springs Depot c1920

Ignacio Depot 1947

Kelker Depot 1954

Kremmling Depot 1949

La Jara Depot c1960

La Madera Depot c1920

La Veta Depot c1920

Littleton Depot 1984

Ophir Depot c1940

Osier Depot NE 1980

Malta Depot 1954

Monte Vista Depot c1910

Montrose Depot 1956

Ogden Union Depot c1920

Pagosa Junction Depot c1920

Pagosa Springs Depot c1920

Palisade Depot 1954

Paonia Depot c1910

Parkdale Depot 1968

Parlin Depot 1954

Phippsburg Depot 1949

Pine Cliff Depot 1976

Pitkin Depot 1948

Portland Depot 1954

Price Depot c1970

Pueblo Union Depot c1900

Ridgway Depot 1947

Richfield Depot c1975

Rifle Depot c1900

Romero Depot c1920

Salida Depot front view c1910

Salina Depot 1975

Salt Lake City RGW Depot 1910

Salt Lake City Union Depot c1920

Santa Fe Depot (AT&SF)

Sapinero Depot 1949

Silverton Depot 1947

Soldier Summit Depot c1900

Steamboat Springs Depot 1948

Tacoma Depot 1956

Taos Depot c1920

Telluride Depot c1940

Texas Creek Depot 1930

Thompson Depot 2000

Vance Junction Depot 1948

Wagon Wheel Gap Depot 2000

Weed City Depot 1979

Yampa Depot 1954


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