Pitkin, Co. is located on the old D & S P Railroad line in Gunnison County. The scenic Quartz Creek is formed by the junction of the North, South, and Middle Fox Creeks and winds its way through this peaceful town.
Pitkin was founded in early 1879. Pitkin, originally named Quartzville, was Colorado's first mining camp west of the Continental Divide. The town, which is situated on an alpine meadow one mile long and one quarter mile wide, was incorporated on August 11, 1879, when it was renamed Pitkin after Governor Frederick W. Pitkin.
Today, four-wheel driving tours are especially popular in this mountain community near the Continental Divide. One of the area's most acclaimed roads is the historic Alpine Tunnel, which narrows at the Divide, making for a cliff-hugging lurch around a man-made terrace known as the "Palisades." The historic district here, open in the summer only, encompasses 13 miles of the old Denver, South Park and Pacific rail bed from the town site of Quartz (Gunnison County) to Hancock (Chaffee County). To the north, interesting ghost towns dot popular four-wheel-drive stretches on Tin Cup and Cottonwood Passes.
Region: Southwest Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 119.9 miles from Colorado Springs, 28.7 miles from Gunnison, 30.9 miles from Buena Vista, 31.1 miles from Poncha Springs, 36.3 miles from Salida, 36.7 miles from Crested Butte
Elevation: 9241 feet
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