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Alferd Packer

Added by yongli on 09/03/2019 - 15:23, last changed on 03/08/2021 - 01:07

Alferd Packer

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Alferd E. Packer (1842–1909), also “Alfred,” was a prospector who became famous after confessing to eating his dead comrades while trapped in the San Juan Mountains in February 1874. With the group starving and disoriented, it appears likely that Packer killed another prospector in self-defense and...

Empire Chief Mine and Mill

Added by yongli on 05/17/2017 - 15:18, last changed on 04/08/2020 - 13:18
The Empire Chief Mine and Mill site is an abandoned nineteenth-century metal mining complex in Hinsdale County , located several miles west of Lake City on the southern slope of Sheep Mountain (83 Sunny Ave, Empire, CO 80438). The mine was established in 1885 after the discovery of the Bonanza Lode...

Hinsdale County

Added by yongli on 11/14/2016 - 13:05, last changed on 02/12/2021 - 01:07
Established in 1874, Hinsdale County is a mountainous, sparsely populated county of 1,123 square miles in southwest Colorado. The county was named for George A. Hinsdale , a prominent politician and newspaperman in nineteenth-century Colorado. The county currently has a population of 786. Lake City...

Lake City

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 11:29, last changed on 02/06/2021 - 01:07
At an elevation of 8,661 feet in the heart of the San Juan Mountains , the historic mining town of Lake City is the only incorporated town in Hinsdale County . Named for nearby Lake San Cristobal , the town was founded in 1874 in a broad valley along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River . Between...

San Juan Mountains

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 15:16, last changed on 01/29/2021 - 17:38
The San Juan Mountains are the largest mountain range by area in the Centennial State, spanning thirteen counties in southwestern Colorado. In addition to being the home of the Ute Indians for hundreds of years, the mountains intrigued Spaniards , lured the prospectors of the Colorado Gold Rush ,...

West Fork Complex Fires

Added by yongli on 01/25/2021 - 16:48, last changed on 03/23/2021 - 01:07
The West Fork Complex refers to three separate wildfires ignited by lightning strikes in southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains in June 2013. The West Fork, Windy Pass, and Papoose Fires broke out between June 5 and June 19. By the time they were contained on July 15, the three blazes scorched a...
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