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At the center of Colorado, the Hartsel area served as a summer hunting ground for the Mountain Utes and other American Indian tribes.
After 1860, fields of irrigated hay replaced native grasses, domestic cattle and sheep replaced the bison, and E…
Life in Hartsel has always called for character and adaptability.
Sam Hartsel came to South Park in 1860 to mine but realized that he could make a better living raising food for miners.
Starting with a 160-acre homestead in 1862,…
During World War II, the Fremont Station of the Harvard College Observatory on Ceresco Ridge was strictly off-limits to mine employees.
No one knew what went on there.
But Mine Superintendent Jack Abrahms regularly left his office so Observatory…
In this valley the towns of Robinson, Kokomo and Recen existed.
Kokomo was the site of the highest Masonic Lodge in the U.S.A.
Corinthian Lodge No. 42 A.E. & A.M.
1882 - 1966
Elevation 10,618 feet
A whole lot of Colorado history has happened right here on top of Fremont Pass. And it all happened because of a metal most people have trouble pronouncing.
Molybdenum (moll-ib-den-um) is used to harden steel.
More molybdenite ore (the unrefin…
This property once served as Frisco's Post Office, General Store, and Gas Station. The main building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, originally consisted of a one-room, wood-plank cabin, still standing today attached to the la…
Native peoples traveled through the Upper Arkansas Valley for centuries before European and American explorers.
Ute, Comanche and other tribes traveled on foot until the arrival of the Spanish and the introduction of the horse in the 1600's.
With the discovery of gold in California Gulch in 1860, getting to Oro City (now Leadville) meant an opportunity for fame and fortune.
It would, however, be twenty years before railroad service traversed the Upper Arkansas Valley.
In the late 1800's, transportation of goods and people could be an arduous undertaking.
Gold and silver fever led many to endure travel up the Arkansas River from Canon City to Leadville.
Although arguably the largest and most notorious, Leadv…
This memorial is the
Property of the State of Colorado
On Continental Divide between
Arkansas and Blue River drainages
Altitude 11,316 feet
Western boundary of the Louisiana
Purchase of 1803.
Named in honor of John…