Colorado Midland Ry. Map of Aspen and Vicinity. [cartouche title]
Only one other copy known
Rare printed map of Aspen, Colorado and vicinity showing the railroad routes of the Colorado Midland Railway, “the first standard gauge railroad built over the Continental Divide in Colorado.”¹
Dated January 24, 1901, the map appears to be derived from a contemporary surveyor’s blueprint. Additionally, the map indicates numerous silver mining claims superimposed over the townsite or city plan along Castle Creek, near the “Hewitt” and “Millionaire” mill sites, and along the Roaring Fork River.
The map is printed approximately twenty years after the establishment of Aspen. Rare with one copy only held by the Denver Public Library.
Description: Colorado Midland Ry. Map of Aspen and Vicinity. [cartouche title]
Colorado Springs, Colo: General Superintendents Office, 1901. Map. 17 x 26½ inches. Compass rose; north oriented to the top. Former folds; one panel area tanned and with old dampstains; else Very Good.
OCLC 79689692, one copy. See also OCLC 873952677 for context. Note: 1. “The Colorado Midland Railroad was incorporated in 1883 and built by John J. Hagerman. It was the first standard gauge railroad built over the Continental Divide in Colorado. It ran from Colorado Springs to Leadville and through the divide at Bush Tunnel to Aspen and Grand Junction. ... After the company was sold through the bankruptcy court on May 4, 1897, a new company known as the Colorado Midland Railway took over operation of the railroad. The Colorado Midland Railway, which came, first, under the control of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, and later, of the Colorado & Southern Railway and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, again declared bankruptcy April 21, 1917. The Colorado Midland Railway ceased operations in 1918.” (Colorado Midland [Colorado Historical Society finding aid] accessed online.)