About Como, Colorado
Although Como, Colorado (elevation 9,775 feet) currently has about 10 full-time residents, the town used to be one of the centers of mining and railroad activity in South Park. Como is best known today for being one of the jumping off points for the Boreas Pass drive (the other being the Town of Breckenridge), the Como Roundhouse, and the Como Depot & Eating House. It’s an historic marvel – well off the beaten path – that is well worth a visit.
Como, located about ten miles outside of Fairplay, was once the home of hundreds of laborers who worked on the Denver, South Park & Pacific railroad. Most of the narrow gauge track was laid in 1879. The town was named after a lake and city in Italy, the home of many of the Italian stonemasons and coal miners who lived in the area. When a branch line was constructed to Breckenridge in 1882, Como became a division point for the railroad. Some trains passed over Boreas Pass to Breck, while others went over Trout Creek Pass to Gunnison.
The trains stopped running in 1937, which corresponded with the closing of the roundhouse. In 1938, the tracks were pulled and Como’s population declined drastically. While some consider it a ghost town today, its handful of residents and historic structures are resilient and lively.
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Places to See, Eat, and Stay in Como, Colorado (articles from the blog)
Map of Como, Colorado
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