Tefft, Colorado
Mile Post 478.02 - Elevation 7712-ft

Located in a beautiful spot along the Animas River, Tefft has been an important area over the years. Tefft Station was named for an early day forest ranger, Guy Tefft. The original location of Tefft was at mile post 477.9. A flag stop, located at mile post 477.75, is all that remains of Tefft. Tefft's post office was only in operation from July 16, 1877 until November 26, 1877. Niccora, located near the site of Tefft, was an important stage stop on the old toll road that proceeded the railroad.

There is an artifact that stands out to most rail fans who study this area - the boiler of Silverton Gladstone and Northerly locomotive #32. The boiler of the "Gold King" is located on a hillside near Tefft. The Saw mill site was owned by Otto Mears and we believe it was built about 1910-1911 just after Otto Mears took control to the SG&N and he did not need all the engines on the three railroads. It is very likely that the sawmill was built just after the big Oct 1911 flood that washed out so much of the NG in the western part of the state. Otto was very interested to rebuild the Silverton Branch to get his lines back in operation. The valuation map for this area indicates Tefft was retired by AFE "T-817" in 1946 Track #10 (ICC#) that was 1489 feet long. The point of switch was Sta1352+35'. MP 478 was Sta 1351+23'. Therefore Tefft was 478.021212 mile.

The old boiler is surprisingly intact, as the photos below indicate. Thanks to Ted Kierscey for making the rugged climb into the area to take these photos, and for sharing them with us!

Tefft Photo Gallery

This bridge is located at mile post 477.8 just a bit below Tefft

This is the new 222-ft steel deck plate girder bridge instaled in 1964

Boiler of SG&N #32 at Tefft Spur

Smoke Box of SG&N #32 at Tefft Spur

Boiler of SG&N #32 at Tefft Spur

Boiler of SG&N #32 at Tefft Spur

Remains of SRR Combine Red Mountain at Tefft Spur

Smoke Box of SG&N #32 at Tefft Spur

Open fire box of SG&N #32

Boiler of SG&N #32 at Tefft Spur


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