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Now the home to upscale retail shops and other businesses, the Midland Terminal Railroad Roundhouse was built in 1888-1889 by the Colorado Midland Railroad to facilitate the hauling of freight, much of which came from the mining industry. Though of course it is no longer used for its original purpose, the roundhouse was well constructed and is an important symbol of the time period in which it was built and used. For these reasons the roundhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


  • A recent photo of the Midland Terminal Railroad Roundhouse

The Colorado Midland Company unfortunately went bankrupt in 1918. It could not survive the decline of the mining industry and the outbreak of WWI. The roundhouse was bought by the Midland Terminal Railway and owned it until 1955. It was at this point the structure began to be used for different purposes. The Van Briggle Company, the world famous maker of pottery, bought and converted it to office space and a pottery factory. The company came to the conclusion that the building was too expensive to upkeep and sold it in 2008 to a developer who renovated it into a retail center. 

"Midland Terminal Railroad Roundhouse." Wikipedia. Accessed November 29, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midland_Terminal_Railroad_Roundhouse. 

Stevenson, Kenneth. "Midland Terminal Railroad Roundhouse." National Park Service -National Register of Historic Places. July 10, 1979. http://focus.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=ca0ca787-afb0-4b28-919d-a05a0d29ca48.