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THE 1980's in Chaffee County Colorado

1980'S Climax mine closed and Leadville almost became a ghost town.

1982 Railroad operations on the Monarch Branch line ceased
following closure of the limestone quarry which supplied CF&I. The
rails of the Monarch Branch line were removed by 1985.


As of Jan. 24, the "art-deco" style RR station in Salida was demolished
over the objection of preservationists. This station was built in 1941
to replace Salida's first stone station.

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