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he Depot is one of three remaining Rock Island depots in Colorado in it’s original location and the only one restored. It is a lively testament to the importance of the Iron Horse in Limon’s development. For visitors who come from all over the world, it offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience a way of life almost forgotten when seven passenger trains a day stopped in Limon. Up to eight freight trains still use the Union Pacific track south of the depot. Several times a week history comes alive as freight trains from Kyle Railway cross the track in front of the depot to connect with the Union Pacific Railroad. The Union Pacific, formerly the Kansas Pacific, came to Colorado in 1870. The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad completed it’s track from Chicago to Limon in 1889. Limon was famous as the site of the “Limon Shuffle” where the popular Rock Island Rocky Mountain Rocket would split into two trains. One would go on to Colorado Springs and the other to Denver.

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