Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Infamous Highway 85/87 curve had name and nickname

QUESTION: What did they call the corner of U.S. Highway 85 that curves west at the intersection of Las Vegas Street? There were many accidents there, and it had a name in the 1950s and 1960s.
- Jackie

ANSWER: Merv Casey, retired El Paso County Department of Transportation engineer, remembers that dangerous area by its nickname: “Killer Crossing.” “Someone was always getting killed at that crossing because you couldn’t see the railroad tracks and the train. You went that way to get to Pueblo back then.”

Stephen Miller responded: “I worked as a Trooper for the State Patrol for 30 years and just retired two years ago. The curve on Highway 85/87 at the intersection of Las Vegas was always called “El Paso Curve.” When there was an accident there the dispatcher would tell the Trooper to go to El Paso Curve. My friend Richard Motzkus, who is still a Trooper and started out with the Patrol as a dispatcher confirmed this.”


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