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Hooper Depot [DRGW Facilities PA]

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This is one of the Rio Grande original facilities remained along its route in Colorado; the former depot at Hooper now moved to South Fork.

According to Denver & Rio Grande Western Depots Volume 1 by Clive Carter, Hooper depot was built in 1890 with one-story frame structure of wood shingles roof and board & batten walls[1]. It was retired in 1955.

The narrow gauge Valley Line between Mears Junction and Alamosa reached Hooper in 1890[2]. The Line between Hooper and Alamosa was dual gauged in 1930. The Line north beyond Hooper was abandoned in 1951, and the rest of the Line which survived as standard gauge Hooper Spur was finally abandoned in 1959[2].

The depot structure was preserved after the retirement but lost its chimney and the hipped roof above the bay window. In 2008, it was moved to South Fork by Don Shank of Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Historic Foundation: South Fork never had a depot till then[3]. However, it’s up for sale along with the whole assets as of Sep. 2017.

All photos were taken on Sep. 7, 2017

[1] Carter, Clive (2013) Denver & Rio Grande Western Depots Vol. 1
[2] Holmes, Nathan D., (2009) “D&RG/D&RGW Valley Line History” DRGW.Net;
[3] James, Robin (2008) “South Fork gets railroad depot” Trainorders.com web page;
* Perry, Otto C., (1950) the depot and NG engine #481 at Hooper, Denver Public Library;
* Richardson, Robert W., (1949) the depot and NG engine #497 at hooper, Denver Public Library;
* Perry, Otto C., (1951) the end of track at Hooper, Denver Public Library;

depot_hooper_map.jpg: street view of former depot site
 
 
旧D&RGW沿線に今も遺るRio Grandeの遺物を紹介している。

この建物は、元Rio GrandeのHooper駅舎である。1890年竣工の木造平屋で、1955年用途廃止になった。その後、元々駅舎の無かったSouth Forkに移設され、1999年に廃線になったCeede BranchのSouth Folk・Creede間を保存・活用する観光鉄道の駅舎として用いられていた。残念ながら現在は閉鎖され、売りに出されている。

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