National and State Register

Creede Branch, Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Mineral County

The 22.8-mile long Creede Branch originated significant rail traffic from the railroad’s nearby gold and silver mining operations. Although the complete rail line dates to 1891, the conversion of the branch from narrow to standard gauge dates from 1902.

A black and white view of the railroad with tracks emerging from the perspective of the photographer and going out into the distance with hills and grass on either side.

Creede Branch, Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

The branch line survives as a virtually intact example of early 20th century railroad construction. It retains its 1902 alignment, rail bed and jointed rail with ties, as well as the contemporary bridges, two depots, water tank, and related track-side setting. Listed under Railroads in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.

This site continues into Rio Grande county.