Thursday, August 8, 2013

Comanche Crossing Historical Society & Museum

…where the first continuous chain of rails from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean was joined August 15, 1870.

If you think the transcontinental railroad was completed at Promontory Point, Utah, you've been had! While the Utah site is the place where the rails of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads met, the actual completion of the transcontinental line didn't occur until August 15, 1870 in Strasburg, Colorado!

On August 15, 1870, the last 10¼ miles of track were laid by two crews, one working from the east and one from the west in a record-breaking nine hours.

Fifteen months earlier, the golden spike ceremony had been held in Utah, to note the joining by rail of the eastern United States with the west. But the tracks joined at Promontory Summit connected only Omaha and Sacramento in a continuous chain. With the completion of the rails at Strasburg, it became possible, at last, to board a train in New York and travel all the way to San Francisco by rail.

The Comanche Crossing Museum sits on 2½ acres of landscaped grounds, including historic buildings filled with period artifacts, outdoor displays, and a collection of over 8,000 items.

Celebrate the Joining of the East and West!

Contributions Greatly Appreciated!

June 1st through August 31st
Building tours daily 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grounds open dawn to dusk

Strasburg is a friendly, full-service community located 35 miles east of Denver on I-70 exit 310. Their main street is still called Colfax Avenue, so we felt they should be included on our site. 

For further information or special tours contact:
Curator, Comanche Crossing Museum
56060 East Colfax Avenue
Strasburg, CO 80136

303-622-4322 (June through August)


Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

1 comment:

  1. Hello, I am seeking to get intouch with someone in the Comanche crossing Historical sociaty. I have a genealogyquestion. I tried to mail to you e-mail address several times, but it doesnt seem to go through. Can someone please contact me on this adress: vickypix(at) I live in Sweden so I can't go to you in person :-) I would so much appreciate your help.