Park County has a fascinating mining, narrow gauge railway and pioneering history. Check out the Park County Historical Society’s website for great photos of Bailey, trains, the surrounding areas, as well as interviews with long-time residents and relatives of early settlers. Park County History
Originally a stage stop on the Denver-Leadville Stage Line, later a stop on the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad (later the Colorado & Southern Railroad), the town of Shawnee, just a few miles away from the Bailey Lodge, is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
U.S. Highway 285 actually follows the route of the narrow gauge D, SP& P Railroad (later the C&S Railroad). Park County has many sites of interest for the railroad buff, including:
The Keystone Bridge – Built around 1865 by the Keystone Bridge Company, it’s a unique wrought-iron bridge that has been moved several times to preserve it. It’s located in McGraw Park in the town of Bailey.
Boreas Pass Historic Auto Tour
Boreas Pass Section House
For narrow guage railroad history fans these locations are fascinating. The beautiful drive along highway 285 makes it all the more fun to visit and experience Colorado’s pioneering railroad history, and a great way to explore the area! More railroad sites can be found at the Colorado Heritage web site.
Now on DVD!
The Old Colorado & Southern and Engine #9
See a preview of the final journey for Engine #9. Available through the Park County Historical Society.
Historical pictures of Platte Canyon railroad are accessible from the Denver Public Library Railroad History
More history of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad