History of the Cliff’s Edge Inn

A picture of Annie Hanssen, former owner of the Cliff's Edge Inn building, and the Annie Room's namesake.

A picture of Annie Hanssen, former owner of the Cliff's Edge Inn building, and the Annie Room's namesake.

The historic train station built in 1880 for the narrow gauge railroad, when silver mining was king. At that time, Silver Cliff was in the running as Colorado’s state capital, with over 7,000 people residing in the area. One month after the opening of the Canon City--Westcliffe line a huge flood along Grape Creek washed out 35 of the 38 railway bridges. Similar floods damaged the bridges twice more over the next ten years. In 1890, weary of the expensive maintenance, the railroad closed this section of the narrow gauge line. The train station sat unused for over ten years.

In 1901 the standard gauge railroad came to the valley and a new train station was built. The Inn building was moved to its current site and became The Section House, a boarding house for the five section workers assigned to maintain the rails in the Valley section of the railway. 

After the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad stopped running, the inn building sat empty for many years. The Hanssen family bought the building and turned it into their private residence .

The Inn building has been inhabited and expanded over the years by the founding families of Westcliffe, CO.  In 2009 Bob and Kathy Seei purchased the building and in 2010 opened for business as the Over the Brim Inn. 

In the fall of 2013 Cathy Snow and Jeri Dwyer purchased the inn, renamed it Cliff’s Edge Inn, and plan to open for business in May of 2014.

We welcome you to visit us! When you explore historical Westcliffe and the Wet Mountain Valley area, come stay with us and add your own memories to the rich history of Cliff's Edge Inn!