Fall River Road

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Old Fall River Road
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Fall River Road
Fall River Road is located in Colorado
Fall River Road
Fall River Road is located in the US
Fall River Road
Nearest city Estes Park, Colorado
Coordinates 40°25′47″N 105°42′43″W / 40.42972°N 105.71194°W / 40.42972; -105.71194Coordinates: 40°25′47″N 105°42′43″W / 40.42972°N 105.71194°W / 40.42972; -105.71194
Built 1913–1920
Architect unknown
MPS Rocky Mountain National Park MRA
NRHP reference # 87001129[1]
Added to NRHP July 20, 1987

The Old Fall River Road, sometimes referred to as "The Old Road" by park staff in Rocky Mountain National Park was the first automobile road to penetrate the interior of the park, the road linked the east side of the park near Estes Park with Grand Lake on the west side. Work began in 1913 but was interrupted in 1914 by World War I with final work being completed between 1918 and 1920.[2]

The narrow road was partly replaced by Trail Ridge Road in 1932, which incorporated sections of the Fall River Road. A rockslide closed the road in 1953 and it was not re-opened until 1968 when the National Park Service cleared the rocks and paved the lower third of the route,[2] the one-way road is open only in the summer, weather permitting, and runs westward from Sheep Lakes to the Alpine Visitor Center.[3]

See also[edit]

National Register of Historic Places listings in Larimer County, Colorado

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Rocky Mountain National Park MRA
  3. ^ "Fall River Road". List of Classified Structures. National Park Service. 2009-01-10. 

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