Wood building at the Holden Mining and Smelting Co.

National and State Register

Historic Resources of Aspen Multiple Resource Area

The town of Aspen was platted in 1880 in a remote mountain valley in the west central Rocky Mountains.  Aspen quickly evolved from a mining camp of tents to a log cabin town. 

As the town prospered, the log buildings were soon either sided with clapboard or replaced by wood frame structures with wood siding.  The arrival of the railroad offered increased access to milled lumber and other construction materials, and soon more elaborate Victorian styles appeared as did some buildings of stone and brick construction. 

The historic resources nominated under this submission fall within the range of building development in this successful late 19th century mining town.  (Cover documentation accepted by National Register in 1987.)   Multiple Property Documentation Form (PDF, 5.09 MB).

Pitkin County