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Crested Butte





CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
*** National Historic District ***
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1881 D&RGW Depot
Credit: HalZ May08
1881 D&RGW Depot
Credit: HalZ May08
1881 D&RGW Depot
Credit: HalZ May08
1881 D&RGW Depot
Credit: GaryM Aug03
2-Story Outhouse
Credit: GaryM Aug03
2-Story Outhouse
Credit: GaryM Aug03
1883 Schoolhouse
Credit: GaryM Aug03


In 1974, the entire town of Crested Butte (founded in JUly, 1880) was designated a National Historic Site. In 1881, the narrow gauge rails of the Denver & Rio Grande arrived. Crested Butte was the D&RGW point famous for its access to rich sources of anthracite in the region. The anthracite was fired in the infamous coke ovens to produce coke, which was cooled and originally loaded into box cars by hand. Anthracite originated from the many mines in the area, and produces a much harder and better burning coal. The coke ovens produced a thick haze of black smoke routinely filling the air at Crested Butte. The town also served as a supply center for the outlying mining camps until the Silver Panic in 1893. After that, coal from the mines sustained the town for decades.
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Crested Butte
El 8878 ft
316 316.29 BE THIRD Crested Butte Branch TBD/
NG: 16'
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NG: 36'


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