Getting from There to Here

Getting from There to Here (HM21EG)

Location: Buena Vista, CO 81211 Chaffee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 2.029', W 106° 15.43'

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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.
Two hundred years later the growth of settlements, industry and commerce in this area meant an equal increase in modes of transportation.

Whoever said getting there was half the fun...

The discovery of gold in California Gulch near Leadville in 1860 and silver in the local black carbonate sands in 1870 brought a steady stream of fortune-seekers and the supplies of industry necessary to support them.

Transportation between communities up and down the Arkansas River was imperative for everything from food supplies to ore smelting.
Burro and mule trains were common for moving supplies and, during the 1860's, the Barlow and Sanderson stage line began regular service from Canon City to Leadville.
Whoever said getting there was half the fun never took that particular trip: 26 backbreaking, bottom-numbing hours from start to finish!

The completion of the standard gauge Denver and Rio Grande Railroad between Canon City and Leadville in 1880 meant the end of the stage route, but remnants of the trail are still visible on the slope across the river.
HM NumberHM21EG
Placed ByFederal Highway Administration, National Scenic Byways & Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 391189 N 4321281
Decimal Degrees39.03381667, -106.25716667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 2.029', W 106° 15.43'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 2' 1.7400" N, 106° 15' 25.8000" W
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Area Code(s)719
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-24, Buena Vista CO 81211, US
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