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And the West is History: Train Crossing 12th Street - 1966

There is a lot to take in from this photo from the mid-1960s. The D&RGW train is returning to the station and crossing 12th Street between Main Avenue and Camino del Rio. The lumber yard in the foreground is about where Natural Grocers is located today. The Phillips 66 station is where Durango Joes Coffee is now. If you look closely, you can see the Smiley Building in mid-picture, the 9-R Administration Building in the top right corner, The Durango Herald Building just above the train cars and a Texaco sign advertising Brennan’s Firestone located at the corner of 12th and Main Avenue. Across the street, today’s Buckley Park is obscured by trees. It is in this area that the proposed Animas River Trail underpass to downtown may be located. – Ed Horvat for Animas Museum, edhorvat@animasmuseum.org (Catalog Number: 22.13.4 from the La Plata County Historical Society Photo Collections)