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Animas Canyon Toll Road

Added by yongli on 07/06/2020 - 16:38, last changed on 07/06/2020 - 16:38
The Animas Canyon Toll Road was built in 1876–78 to connect the mining town of Silverton to the coal beds and agricultural produce of the Animas Valley near what is now Durango . The roughly thirty-mile wagon road operated for about five years before it was overtaken by the Denver & Rio Grande...

Animas Forks

Added by yongli on 11/04/2015 - 13:55, last changed on 08/31/2017 - 01:07
Established in 1875 and occupied until the 1920s, Animas Forks is a ghost town northeast of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains . It sits at an elevation of about 11,200 feet. It survived primarily on the strength of speculative investment rather than productive mining, though several nearby mining...

Animas River

Added by yongli on 02/29/2016 - 16:32, last changed on 05/11/2020 - 09:21
Until recently, the Animas River—known in Spanish as “El Río de las Ánimas,” or “The River of Lost Souls”—was one of only a few undammed rivers in southwestern Colorado. The Upper Animas River Canyon bears the legacy of the longest hard-rock mining operations in southwestern Colorado. The mineral-...

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Added by yongli on 11/18/2016 - 15:13, last changed on 03/24/2020 - 01:07
Rising about 2,800 feet over its famously scenic forty-five-mile route, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was originally built in 1881–82 as part of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway ’s effort to reach the mines of the San Juan Mountains . For decades the line hauled ore from...

Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run

Added by yongli on 04/10/2020 - 10:10, last changed on 04/10/2020 - 10:18
The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run is a famously difficult and beautiful 100-mile trail race held annually in the San Juan Mountains . First organized in 1992, soon after the Sunnyside Mine shut down, the event honors the region’s mining history and its fragile high-alpine environment by taking...

Otto Mears

Added by yongli on 01/16/2020 - 16:13, last changed on 07/02/2020 - 01:07
Otto Mears (1840–1931) was a Colorado businessman who played a key role in the removal of the state’s Ute Indians and is best known for building more than 450 miles of toll roads and railroads on the Utes’ former lands in the southern and southwestern parts of the state. Called the “Pathfinder of...

San Juan County

Added by yongli on 06/27/2016 - 15:27, last changed on 09/22/2020 - 01:07
San Juan County was established just before Colorado became a state in 1876. It initially stretched from the Utah border in the west to its present border in the east. The next year, the first state assembly allocated most of San Juan County’s western portion to the newly formed Ouray County, and...

San Juan Mountains

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 15:16, last changed on 04/01/2020 - 12:41
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 ,...

Shenandoah-Dives Mill

Added by yongli on 08/25/2016 - 12:08, last changed on 11/18/2019 - 11:46
Located two miles northeast of Silverton , the Shenandoah-Dives Mill (also known as the Mayflower Mill) was constructed in 1929 and became the longest-running mill in the San Juan Mountains . Operating most years from 1930 to 1991, the mill processed a total of nearly 10 million tons of rock and...

Western Slope

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:14, last changed on 05/04/2020 - 09:20
“A Fantasy land,” “a mystique,” “a state of mind”—these are only some of the expressions used to describe the Western Slope of Colorado, commonly defined as the roughly one-third of the state that lies west of the Continental Divide . The serpentine divide forms the region’s eastern boundary,...
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