Kelso - the early years

December 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Kelso was the typical railroad town after the turn of the 1800's to the 1900's. By 1905 there was a small wooden depot and a few railroad employee shanties.  The railroad town was built to service the engines of the Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad, a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad.  Iron ore, gold, and silver were mined in the area, and the location provided a good water supply for the thirsty steam engines.  In 1925, the original wooden depot burned to the ground, to be replaced by the current Spanish style structure that exists to this day; one of four of this style but by the Union Pacific.


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