Introduction: A Walk Through the History of Trinidad

Introduction: A Walk Through the History of Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado 81082, United States

Created By: Codesignerly Solutions on behalf of the Trinidad Tourism Board

Tour Information

This audio tour is a three-part series, and will include guided audio tours for North Commercial Street, East Main Street, and West Main Street. The text of this tour is based on the brilliant and incredibly detailed written guide carefully crafted by Gerald H. Stokes, the most recent version of which was printed and copyrighted by the Trinidad Historical Society in 2007. The guide is called, A Walk Through the History of Trinidad, an irreverent and frankly gossipy guide through the Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District. With the permission of the Trinidad Historical Society, the audio version of this written guide is brought to you by the Trinidad Tourism Board. Slight edits have been made for currency of information by members of the Trinidad community, tourism board, and Marty Hackett, Manager of the Colorado Welcome Center. Voice recording and audio tour production by Kristi Rogers.

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What You'll See on the Tour

For a relatively small town, Trinidad has an amazing amount of history - and not small town stuff, either. The brick-paved streets of Trinidad have time and again echoed with the cries and taunts and marching feet of violence, the roar of g... Read more
Where you now stand saw history pass by, beginning years before there was a city of Trinidad. Beginning in 1821, when Mexico gained independence from Spain and opened Santa Fe and much of what is now the US Southwest and northern Mexico to ... Read more
Of the four buildings on this intersection, the oldest is on the northwest corner, the Columbian Hotel, built in 1879.   It was originally called The Grand Union, presumably because of the union of the two routes of the Trail, but the own... Read more
Across the street south is the second oldest building on the intersection, the Trinidad Opera House, built in 1883 by the Jaffa brothers, early Jewish merchants.  It is an often overlooked fact that many of the early settlers of the Old We... Read more
Across the street east is the five-story First National Bank building, occupied in 1892.  Before it was built, the pioneer store of Davis & Barraclough stood there.  On the corner, in the 1870s and ‘80s, was the city’s first fire ... Read more
The building on the northeast corner of the intersection was contracted in 1889, we think.  The records are not clear.  It is called the McCormick Building but seems to have been built by John Packer, who erected several other major build... Read more


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