Ridgway was incorporated on March 4, 1891. It was established as a railroad stop to serve the mining towns of Ouray and Telluride, and was named for Denver and Rio Grande railroad superintendent Robert M. Ridgway. Ridgway retains vesitiges of its railroading past to this day, and has an excellent railroad museum. Ridgway is on the San Juan Skyway and bills itself as the "Gateway to the San Juans". It is situated in a valley surrounded by scenic mountains, and has been the setting for movies such as "True Grit" and "How the West was Won".
The Sherbino Theater was built by Louis Sherbino in 1915. At the time it was one of the most modern theaters on the Western Slope. Over the years is has also been a teepee factory, roller-skating rink, post office, and illegal gambling hall. Today it's the home of Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery. The Sherbino was designated a Colorado State Landmark in 1991.
Ridgway Railroad Museum
As previously mentioned, Ridgway started life as a railhead for mining towns in the San Juans. The Rio Grande Southern Railroad had its junction with the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in Ridgway. This rich railroad heritage is preserved by the Ridgway Railroad Museum. When I took these photos the museum was moving its rolling stock to a 16 acre site on N Railroad Rd from their present location near the Ridgway Visitor Center. The museum has several displays in the Visitor Center building.
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