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THE 1950's in Chaffee County Colorado

  *For more history of our area, check out the old newspaper pages.
1950 Monarch Branch was standard gauged, which eliminated the need for
the barrel transfer station to dump limestone from narrow-gauge cars
into standard gauge.

Laura Evans' brothel is shut down by order of District Attorney Stump
Witcher. Laura died in 1953.

1953 Rail service over Marshall Pass was discontinued and the grade
was converted to a U.S. Forest Service automobile road.

Laura Evans died in her home on Sackett Street at the age of 91.

The U.S. Congress approved the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, a plan for
multiple purpose transmountain water development in Colorado.

1956 The Monarch Spur line of the D&RG was converted to standard
gauge. Narrow gauge equipment was transferred to Alamosa and service
facilities, which had become obsolete, were demolished including
roundhouses, engine backshops and the barrel transfer station.

Koppers Inc., the creosote plant in Smeltertown, fell on hard times
and was closed and the two-foot-gauge railroad that serviced the
facility was abandoned.

1957 St. Joseph's School (present building) was completed.
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