Rico, Colorado

Rico, Colorado (HM1LKQ)

Location: Rico, CO 81332 Dolores County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 41.665', W 108° 1.906'

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The Rico area was originally inhabited by natives including the Utes. In the 1700's Spanish explorers were in the area. In 1833, trappers like W. Walton of the St. Louis Fur Co., came and reported remains of Spanish smelters. Mining began about 1860. In the mid 1870's the Utes cede the area to the U.S. by treaty.

Frenzied activity began and many profitable claims were staked, including ten in 1877. D. Swickheimer opened the Enterprise Mine, the most successful mine in the area's history. At its peak in 1892 Rico boasted 5000 residents, 23 saloons, 2 churches and 88 active mines. The railroad came in 1891 but the silver crash of 1893 ended Rico's first boom.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed1991
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 2:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 761710 N 4176057
Decimal Degrees37.69441667, -108.03176667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 41.665', W 108° 1.906'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 41' 39.9" N, 108° 1' 54.36" W
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Area Code(s)970
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-399 CO-145, Rico CO 81332, US
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