The railroads changed lives in the early to mid 1800s across America. They connected towns and regions, improved the ability to trade goods and raw materials, and everyday citizens could travel farther and quicker than ever before. In the state of Colorado, railways emerged with the Colorado Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, sparking a new wave of settlers and commercial enterprises.
The transformation brought by locomotion was especially pronounced in Park County and towns such as Como that acted as a main depot for the Denver, South Park, & Pacific (DSP&P) railroad. As the railroads vastly improved the efficiency of local mining endeavors, it also shaped the landscape and the demographics of towns along rail routes that experienced booming economies during this time. However, the short lifespan of the railways greatly limited the long-term prosperity of the towns and settlers dependent on railway traffic.