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 West to east from Colorado to Michigan

Other articles: Interstate 70 at US 24  

Junction: US Interstate 70, just below Vail, turn east for Vail, or west for Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction.

 

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes 26 Jul 2018

Locations: Minturn.
Full Size ImageThe Turntable Restaurant in Minturn  

Minturn

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D&RGW yard in Minturn.
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Downtown Minturn
Minturn was developed primarily as a railroad town in the late 1800s. The Rio Grande railroad line extended across the state of Colorado and Minturn was an important railroad division point. Railroad workers from around the country settled in Minturn, where they installed extra engines in railroad cars for more power over steep mountain passes.

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Wilson, Anna Burack, and P. K. Sims, 2003.

Other articles: Field Notes 26 Jul 2018

Locations: Gilman.  

Gilman

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Gilman and the Eagle Mine.
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Gilman and the Eagle Mine.
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Gilman
Gilman is an abandoned mining town in southeastern Eagle County, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1886 during the Colorado Silver Boom, the town later became a center of lead and zinc mining in Colorado, centered on the now-flooded Eagle Mine. The station on the D&RGW along the Eagle River below was named Belden.

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes 26 Jul 2018

Locations: Red Cliff.
Full Size ImageEagle Street in Red Cliff  

Red Cliff

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Water Street in Red Cliff
Red Cliff is off of US Highway 24 to the east. The town is a former mining camp situated in the canyon of the upper Eagle River just off U.S. Highway 24 north of Tennessee Pass. It was founded in 1879 during the Colorado Silver Boom by miners from Leadville who came over Tennessee Pass scouting for better prospects. The name derives from the red quartzite cliffs surrounding the town. As the first community in the Eagle Valley, it served temporarily as the first county seat of Eagle County.

Other articles: Forest Road 703 at US 24  

Junction: Forest Road 703, southwest up Homestake Creek to Homestake Reservoir.

Other articles: Forest Road 705 10000  

Junction: Forest Road 705 “No Name Road,” leads eventually to Wurtz Ditch and back to US Highway 24.
 

Pando

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes 26 Jul 2018

Locations: Camp Hale.
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Camp Hale

Camp Hale, between Red Cliff and Leadville in the Eagle River valley in Colorado, was a U.S. Army training facility constructed in 1942 for what became the 10th Mountain Division. It was named for General Irving Hale and was at an elevation of 9,200 feet (2,800 m) above sea level. Onslow S. Rolfe, who had developed mountain warfare techniques as commander of the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, was selected to command Camp Hale. Soldiers were trained in mountain climbing, Alpine and Nordic skiing, cold-weather survival as well as various weapons and ordnance. When it was in full operation, approximately 15,000 soldiers were housed there.

Other articles: Forest Road 101 at US Hwy 24 Colorado Transbasin Water Transfer Ewing Ditch

Locations: Burton Ditch.  

Junction: Forest Road 101 “Tennesee Pass Road”, to Cooper Hill Ski Area, and Ewing (Burton) Ditch.

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes 25 Jul 2018

Locations: Tennessee Pass.
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Tennessee Pass

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad constructed a narrow gauge railroad over Tennessee Pass in 1881 as part of their extension to the Aspen area in order to beat the Colorado Midland's standard gauge route to the rich mining area. In 1890, a new standard gauge line was built from Pueblo, to Grand Junction, and jointly with the Colorado Midland Railway, a tunnel was constructed about 200 ft (61 m) below the summit. In 1945, the old Tennessee Pass Tunnel was replaced by a newer tunnel. In recent times, the Rio Grande's Tennessee Pass line was the highest active mainline railroad mountain pass in the United States. The line, now owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, is currently embargoed (the tracks are out of service but still in place).

Other articles: County Road 21 at US Hwy 24 Field Notes 25 Jul 2018
Full Size ImageEast portal of the Tennessee Pass Tunnel  

Junction: County Road 21, northeast to the Tennessee Pass Tunnel.

 

Other articles: Field Notes 26 Jul 2018

Locations: Crane Park.
Full Size ImageCrane Park where we saw a moose cow and two calves.  

Crane Park

 

Other articles: Forest Road 100 at US 24  

Junction: Forest Road 100 “Meadow Drive,” a.k.a. County Road 19, generally west in the direction of Wurtz (Wurts) Ditch.

 

Other articles: Field Notes 25 Jul 2018

Locations: Tennessee Park.
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Tennessee Park

As near as I can tell, nothing of note occurred in Tennessee Park.

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View northwest of Tennessee Park.
 

Other articles: CO Highway 91 near Leadville  

Junction: Colorado Highway 91

Colorado Highway 91 ascends Fremont Pass along the East Fork Arkansas River to the Climax Molybdenum Mine and then descends Tenmile Creek to Wheeler Junction, now most commonly known as the Copper Mountain Ski Area.

  County Road 17, Mountain View Drive.
  15th Street
  14th Street.
  13th Street.
  12th Street.
  11th Street.
  10th Street.
  Poplar Street, Highway 24 follows north northwest.
  East 9th Street, Highway 24 follows east north east.

 

 

Locations: Leadville.  

Leadville

Leadville City Hall, on Harrison street, between 8th Street and 9th Street.
  8th Street

Other articles: County Route 3 at Harrison  

7th Street, becomes County Route 3.

Other articles: Field Notes 24 Jul 2018
Full Size ImageDowntown Leadville
Full Size ImageDowntown Leadville  

6th Street, traffic signal

Other articles: County Road 1 at US 24  

Intersection: 5th Street, to the east becomes County Route 1.

Other articles: Field Notes 24 Jul 2018
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4th Street
  Leadville Historic District
  3rd Street
  2nd Street

Other articles: Monroe Street at US 24  

Monroe Street, access to County Route 2.
  Highway curves southeast.

Other articles: County Road 4 at US Hwy 24  

Junction: County Road 4 “McWethy Drive”, to Turquoise Lake.

Other articles: Colorado Highway 300 at US 24  

Junction: Colorado State Highway 300, west to the Leadville National Fish Hatchery.

Other articles: Field Notes 24 Jul 2018
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Interpretive panel at narrows along the Arkansas River.

Other articles: CO-82 at US 24  

Junction: Colorado State Highway 82, west to Independence Pass, then Aspen, and Glenwood Springs.
  Lake County above …
Chaffee County below …

 

 

Locations: Granite.  

Granite

Situated between the Mosquito and the Sawatch mountain ranges, Granite is a high mountain town located on the Arkansas River midway between Leadville to the north, and Buena Vista to the south. It is in close proximity to the second and third highest peaks in the contiguous United States, Mount Elbert and Mount Massive. The town has a rich history from its days during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, when it began as a mining camp and quickly boomed into a city of 3,000, holding the county seat. Early prospectors, such as Horace Tabor, were attracted to the area.

Other articles: Colorado Transbasin Water Transfer Otero Pump Station and Pipeline  

Otero Pumping Plant

East of the highway is the Otero Pumping Plant. It takes water from the Arkansas River and pumps it over Trout Creek Pass. Half the water is delivered to Spinney Mountain Reservoir for use by the City of Aurora. The remaining half continues in the pipeline to Ramparts Reservoir for the City of Colorado Springs.

 

 

Locations: Buena Vista.
Full Size ImageMount Princeton west of Buena Vista
Full Size ImageMidland Hill east of Buena Vista  

Buena Vista

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Repurposed building with sporting goods and a yummy café.
Junction: West and East Main Street, downtown Buena Vista.

Other articles: US Highway 285 at US 24 W  

Junction: US Highway 285, south.

 

   

Trout Creek Pass

 

Other articles: US Highway 285 at US 24 E  

Junction: US Highway 285, north.

Other articles: CO Highway 9 at US 24 W  

Junction: Colorado Highway 9, north.

Other articles: CO Highway 9 at US 24 E  

Junction: Colorado Highway 9, south.

 

 

Locations: South Park.  

“South Park”

The flat commonly known as “South Park,” although the Board of Geographic Names does not accept that name for this flat.

 

 

Other articles: Teller County Road 1 at US 24

Locations: Florissant.  

Florissant

Junction: Teller County Road 1, south to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

 

 

Other articles: US Interstate 25 at US 24  

Colorado Springs

Junction: US Interstate 25
  Colorado above …
Kansas below …
  Kansas above …
Missouri below …
  Missouri above …
Illinois below …
  Illinois above …
Indiana below …
  Indiana above …
Ohio below …
  Ohio above …
Michigan below …
  Junction: US Interstate 75, near Clarkston, MI, east end of highway.

 

 

   

Literature Cited

  A list of all literature cited by this web site can be found in the Bibliography.
  Wilson, Anna Burack, and P. K. Sims. 2003. Colorado Mineral Belt Revisited -- An Analysis of New Data. Open-File Report 03-046.
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Date and time this article was prepared: 8/11/2018 2:24:17 PM