Denver and Rio Grande Depot

Formerly Guiseppe's DepotIn 1871, General Palmer’s dream of bringing railway service through Colorado Springs became a reality.  He christened his new north-south route from Denver to Albuquerque with a ride on the first Denver and Rio Grande train, accompanied by Territorial Governor Alexander Hunt. After a few years, Palmer decided that his beloved city deserved a first class depot to properly welcome vacationing tourists and TB patients to Colorado Springs. In 1887, he hired architect Frederick J. Sterner to design the D&RG Depot in the popular Queen Anne style.  Built to mirror the architecture of its neighbor, the Antler’s Hotel, the depot is made of sandstone and Castle Rock rhyolite. The building features a 25-foot pine ceiling,  hexagonal floor tiles and gas streetlights from the corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade Avenues. Interestingly, the 1898 fire which burned down the original Antler’s Hotel was started near the depot, but raced up the hill, sparing the train station.

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