Denver Rio Grande Railroad Station

Year Listed: 2007
County: Conejos County
Construction Date: 1880-1890
Threat When Listed: Demolition by Neglect – Vacant

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Depot is not only one of Antonito’s greatest historic assets, it is also a key to the revitalization of the town itself.  This station, constructed out of quarried ashlar volcanic stone, served the town of Antonito and the surrounding communities until 1951.  The significance of the Depot is evident in the fact that all of Antonito’s original buildings were constructed to face the station.

When listed on the Most Endangered Places list the depot had been vacant for over 50 years with neglect and deferred maintenance taking a toll on the structure.  The station is structurally sound but continues to deteriorate from lack of maintenance.  The town of Antonito has formed a partnership with Conejos County Commissioners, Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic & Historic Byway, the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec, and Permian Basin Railroad (known as the Antonito/Conejos Railroad Heritage Alliance) to help the town with preservation plans, grant writing, and fundraising.  The future of the depot remains uncertain.

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