A few weeks ago I came across some photos on the web of one of the most picturesque two-story stone buildings in Colorado- The Glendale Stagecoach Station and Inn near Canon City.  I had never heard of this station, or the small community of Glendale which once stood near the station.  I had to go have a look at the building and snap some photos for myself, so away I went.


The station/inn was built in the 1860s, some records say 1861, others say 1867. Either way it is one of the oldest permanent stone structures in Colorado. But is it really permanent?  Also known in the early days as the McClure House, Glendale Station served as a stop on the old Colorado City to Fairplay stagecoach road.

A flood rushed through the town of Glendale in the early-1900s and wiped out everything but the stone station, but it too was heavily damaged.  Silt deposited by the flood made the land unusable, so the town was never rebuilt and the station was abandoned. Since the flood, Glendale station has steadily deteriorated, and, unfortunately, as always, has been the victim of both arson and vandalism.


Layers of graffiti cover the station today.

Today the imposing stone structure still hangs on, precariously it stands with no roof, no  inner support beams, and the walls are slowly beginning to separate. Even worse, the station is located on public lands in a relatively remote area which is an open invite to vandals who have taken a very heavy toll on the building in recent years. Layer upon layer of spray painted graffiti cake the lower level of the station, evidence inside shows what little wood remains from the second floor joists has been set on fire recently, and the walls show evidence of people intentionally trying to topple the building.


A quick inspection around the perimeter of the station reveals the old stone well and cistern, now overgrown and easy to miss. Down the hill and tucked in the trees along the seasonally flowing creek bed you can find stone walls and foundations of other structures that once made up part of the town of Glendale. Broken bottles, rusted bits of metal, and the weathered shards of boards and fencing are strewn in a radius about the station.


Remains of the cistern


The well


It seems that the Glendale Station is both cursed and blessed by its hard to access location- If it were closer to any town or major roads, it is likely that funds would be freed up to allow for preservation and an historical marker. But, if it were easier to access the vandalism is likely to be far worse than it already has been, and chances are the station would be long gone by now. It would be a shame to lose such a beautiful and historic place, but it seems there is very little that can be done to save it. So, we watch and wait.


  1. Jason says:

    This is located on private property and trespassers will be prosecuted. It is no longer open to the public and never actually was.

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