This Tiny Town In Colorado Is About To Change What You Knew About History

A few people in Colorado have heard of the town of Strasburg, fewer have driven through it, and even less have actually visited this town.

If you were to imagine this scope in the context of the entire United States, you are probably more likely to find people who have seen Bigfoot than ones who know of the out-of-the-way town of Strasburg. Don’t let that fool you; this little town celebrates an event that will change what you thought you knew about American history.

Enter Strasburg and the Kansas Pacific Railroad. Strasburg was named “Comanche Crossing” when the town was first formed, and on August 15, 1870, a major historic event took place that received next to no media coverage.

According to The Comanche Crossing Historical Society & Museum: “On August 15, 1870, the last 10 and 1/4 miles of track were laid by two crews, one working from the east and one from the west in a record-breaking nine hours. Fifteen months earlier, the golden spike ceremony had been held in Utah, to note the joining by rail of the eastern United States with the west. But the tracks joined at Promontory Summit connected only Omaha and Sacramento in a continuous chain. With the completion of the rails at Strasburg it became possible, at last, to board a train in New York and travel all the way to San Francisco by rail.

I bet you weren’t expecting to hear that! The railroad running through Kansas City, however, was not a major line like the UP&CP railroad running through Utah – which is why this event received such little fanfare.

You can visit Strasburg and the Comanche Crossing Museum to see the marker of this historic event for yourself, but this museum is only open July 1 through August 31. Who knew that, right here in Colorado, we had such a major historic event take place?

For more information about this amazing (and little known) piece of American history, check out the rgusrail website. If you are interested in visiting the Comanche Crossing Museum, click here for details.