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Power Center For Sale By Owner

Historical property on 6.7 acres for sale.

Rd 501 next to the RR tracks, 1 mile West of Main St, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089 United States

The 6.7 acres include the power plant building and the terra-cotta tile silo. The Walsenburg Power Plant is full of business potential because of its solid infrastructure, large spacious rooms and most importantly – its location. It is just yards away from one of Colorado's busiest State highways running East/West (160) , which begins the Highway Of The Legends Byway and junctions to Colorado's North/South, Interstate 25. The business potential is enormous since over 3 million vehicles pass at plain sight of the power plant and its renown 100-foot high brick silo. It can be seen from miles away! Back in its frontier day, the mine was the lifeblood of the area and the power plant was the heart of the mine. It was considered one of the finest, well-built structures of its time in the rugged West.

Walsenburg, is considered Southern Colorado's gate from the East to the high adventure of the West. Along State Highway 160 you will find the beautiful and awesome points of interest including but not limited to the Rocky Mountains, San Isabel National Forest, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, Lathrop State Park, Alamosa, Rio Grande National Forest, San Juan National Forest, Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Mesa Verde National Park, etc.

The rich history of this property includes references to the Walsen Mine and the Walsen Power Plant.

Designated as one of Colorado's most endangered historical places, the beautiful, abandoned, coal-fired Walsen Power Plant was built in the late 1890's. It used to provide electrical power for the Walsen Mine, Walsen Camp and the town of Walsenburg. In 1870, Fred Walsen had settled in this area and opened up a large mercantile, making the town attractive to German settlers. In 1876, Walsen also opened the area's first coal mine, which further attracted other families and individuals of over 30 nationalities, speaking 27 languages, which settled in the Walsen Power Plant area, and the development of the whole area was influenced for a century by coal mining in the region. (An estimated 500 million tons of coal was mined until a combination of corporate mergers, environmental regulations, and enforcement of mine safety regulations led to the closure of virtually all mining in the area.) Flooded tunnels eventually closed the Walsen mine, but the Walsen Power Plant continued providing power for the nearby communities for another 70 years. In the early 1900's, the mine had attracted hundreds of job-seekers to the area and for years the population of Walsen Camp exceeded that of the town of Walsenburg. Approximately 400 men, many of them recruited from abroad via Ellis Island, had worked in the Walsen Mine.

In 1955 the city of Walsenburg purchased the Walsen Power Plant and supplied power to the town and the rural areas. In 1971, the plant was closed due to competing newer and cleaner technology rivaling the old coal-fired plant.Today, after being practically torn down, scavenged and ransacked, the Walsen Power Plant structure and silo have survived and stand as testaments to the craftsmanship, the building talents, and construction standards of that day. The plant's three-foot thick, concrete infrastructure, provides a solid base to it's multi-thick layered brick walls and the 20-ton hand -operated crane, which still works! The current property consists of about seven acres of land surrounding the power plant building, and silo.

Today, descendants of these hardy families still live and form part of the Walsenburg community. The community and newer residents acknowledge the stalwart power plant and honor its historical value to the town, state and country. Approaching from the West on Highway 160, travelers will see the building and silo for miles before they can see the city of Walsenburg.

Price: $110,000
Property Sub-Type: Power Center
Total Lot Size : 6.7 Acres
Listing ID: 1328

Map of: Rd 501 next to the RR tracks, 1 mile West of Main St, Walsenburg, Colorado 81089 United States

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