Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad

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Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad
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The railroad bridge that goes over Comanche Creek in Strasburg, Colorado. The inset shows a small monument in Strasburg's Lyons Park, located a few hundred feet from the creek, near the viaduct in the distance in the photo.
Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad is located in Colorado
Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad
Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad is located in the United States
Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad
Nearest cityStrasburg, Colorado
Coordinates39°44′15″N 104°18′29″W / 39.73750°N 104.30806°W / 39.73750; -104.30806Coordinates: 39°44′15″N 104°18′29″W / 39.73750°N 104.30806°W / 39.73750; -104.30806
Area9.9 acres (4.0 ha)
NRHP reference #70000152[1]
CSRHP #5AH.163
Added to NRHPAugust 10, 1970

The Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad is a site where the last spike was driven into the first continuous transcontinental railroad on August 15, 1870.[2] The site is east of Strasburg, Colorado, near railroad mile marker 602. A monument commemorating the event is located at Lyons Park in Strasburg.[3]

History[edit]

On May 10, 1869, Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad was connected at Promontory, Utah, providing railroad transportation between Omaha, Nebraska and Sacramento, California. There was not true, unbroken transcontinental railroad service to ports on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts until this 1870 connection near the crossing at Comanche Crossing. The Union Pacific-Central Pacific line linked at the east side of the Missouri River at Kansas City. It remained the only all-rail route across the country until March 22, 1872.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970[2] and it is part of a multiple property submission, Railroads in Colorado, 1858-1948 for the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Robert Fink (August 10, 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Comanche Crossing of the Kansas Pacific Railroad". National Park Service. Retrieved June 25, 2018. With accompanying photos
  3. ^ a b "Comanche Crossing". coloradoencyclopedia.org. December 19, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Comanche Crossing". History Colorado. Retrieved June 25, 2018.

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