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By Elaine MacKay and Kay Hulen
Fountain Valley Historical Society and Museum president 

A 'Blast' from the Past: Revisiting Fountain's train disaster

 

Last updated 7/6/2021 at 9:58am

Submitted photo

An image of the train depot in Fountain in its early days.

The town of Fountain has an interesting history. This area was originally a winter camp for Native Americans. You can still occasionally find arrowheads along Fountain Creek. In 1856 the Bishop of the New Mexico and Colorado Territories sold land to the developers of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad on the west side of Fountain. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad came later on the east side of Fountain. The arrival of the railroad changed Fountain from a stage coach stop to a commercial center for shipping of crops and livestock from the surrounding farming and ranching community....



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