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    Chaffee County was formed in 1879 and named for Jerome Chaffee, a mining investor and one of Colorado’s first US senators.
    Chaffee County
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    Mt. Elbert, located in Chaffee County, is the highest mountain in Colorado at14,440 ft. It is one of fifteen fourteeners in the county.
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14ers,” Chaffee County Times, July 26, 2015.

Gerald Berry, “Monarch History,” Monarch Ski Area, n.d.

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, “Buena Vista Correctional Complex,” n.d.

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, “Buena Vista History, Colorado Area History,” June 5, 2013.

Chaffee County Administration, “About Chaffee County,” n.d.

Chaffee County Visitors Bureau, “Buena Vista & Salida: Hot Springs and Cool Adventures,” Buena Vista & Salida Colorado, n.d.

Dick Dickson, “Quarry Days in the Ute Trail Area,” Colorado Central Magazine, February 1, 1998.

Charles W. Henderson, “Mining in Colorado: A History of Discovery, Development and Production,” US Geological Survey (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1926).

Earle Kittleman, “Chaffee County Colorado 125th Anniversary Timeline,” Salida, Colorado: Gem of the Rockies, 2014.

Salida Chamber of Commerce, “Welcome to: ‘Colorado’s Art of Adventure,’” 2016.

June Shaputis and Suzanne Kelly eds., A History of Chaffee County (Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1982).

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado 2000).

State Demography Offices, “Region 13: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont & Lake Counties,” Department of Local Affairs, October 2010.

US Forest Service, “Browns Canyon National Monument,” February 19, 2015.

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Chaffee County Historical Resources Survey

George G. Everett, Under the Angel of Shavano (Denver: Golden Bell Press, 1963).

Jim and Louis Rowe, Portal Into the Past (Granite, CO: Clear Creek Canyon Historical Society of Chaffee County, 1976).

Ruby G. Williamson, Down With Your Dust: A Chronicle of the Upper Arkansas Valley, Colorado, 1860–1893 (Gunnison, CO: B&B Printer, 1979).