Cimarron Colorado Essay

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Cimarron Colorado (word count 1253) Located just 20 miles south of Montrose, Cimarron Colorado is a census designated place in El Paso County, Colorado with a population of 16,161 as of the 2010 census. An unincorporated area of Colorado Springs, Cimarron is a small, quiet community with vast views of the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak. Cimarron Hills is a growing community although vacancy rates are lower than the national average due to the presence of seven universities and technical schools in the area Prior to the 1850’s it is believed that the Tabequache Utes traveled through the area on their journey between their summer destination in Gunnison east of Cimarron and the Uncompahgre Valley which was their winter destination. An explorer by the name of Captain John Gunnison passed through the area in 1853 in search of a possible route for a transcontinental railroad. The explorers in his party found a demanding traverse in the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River canyon and left discouraged. It was determined that this rugged terrain was unsuitable for a railroad.…show more content…
Rail lines were replaced by large trucks and improved highways. The rail yards and corrals of Cimarron grew empty. 1949 also marked the last scenic excursion train ride from Gunnison to Cimarron. The tracks were removed in 1980 although the U-shaped grade can still be seen as a landmark on aerial maps of Cimarron Hills. Visitors to the area today will find a visitor center where the railroad town of Cimarron was once located. Run by the National Park Service, the visitor center also includes an outdoor exhibit which pays homage to the Cimarron’s railroad history and the ranching community. With a walk-friendly reputation, an abundance of parks, street festivals and an active theater community provide Cimarron has something for everyone. Our mini guide below lists some of our favorite things to do in Cimarron, Colorado Food &
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