Granite, Colorado

What is Granite, Colorado known for?


historical interest

* Rock Talk Category:Unincorporated communities in Chaffee County, Colorado Category:Unincorporated communities in Colorado Category:Populated places on the Arkansas River At its headwaters, the Arkansas runs as a steep mountain torrent through the Rockies in its narrow valley, dropping 4,600 feet (1.4 km) in 120 miles (193 km). This section (including ''The Numbers'' near Granite, Colorado, ''Brown's Canyon'', and the Royal Gorge) sees extensive whitewater rafting in the spring and summer. *'''Grand View Estates''' (Grand View Estates, Colorado) in Douglas County (Douglas County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated community and a census designated place served by the Parker (Parker, Colorado) Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80134 (Parker, Colorado) *'''Granite''' (Granite, Colorado) in Chaffee County (Chaffee County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 81228 (Granite, Colorado) *'''Grant''' (Grant, Colorado) in Park County (Park County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80448 (Grant, Colorado)


gold

midway between Leadville to the north, and Buena Vista (Buena Vista, Colorado) 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. Geography

and climate left thumb The headwaters of the Arkansas 17 miles north of Granite (File:Arkansas head waters.jpg) Granite is located midway between Leadville to the north, and Buena Vista (Buena Vista, Colorado) to the south. The Arkansas River, which once saw extensive placer mining during the Colorado Gold Rush, runs through Granite. It is the sixth longest river in the US; the headwater is 17 miles north in the Leadville area. Granite is located between two mountain

). National Gardening Association Surrounded by moisture-robbing mountains, the climate is semiarid, though deep winter snows are common. Early history thumb 250px Oro City ~ circa 1874 - 1879 (File:Oro City, near Leadville. Lake County, Colorado - NARA - 517025.jpg) The Pike's Peak Gold Rush that began in 1859 brought an unprecedented number of people into the Colorado


location made

with mines everywhere. A report from that time relates: "The Free Republic mine was the first location made in this district, having been discovered in July, 1879. A tunnel has been run 85 feet, showing 3 feet of mineral in the breast, galena and copper, assays ranging from 10 to 131 ounces. For a distance of 49 feet the tunnel has been running through a horse a block of rock interrupting a vein and containing no minerals , but the pay vein was struck and proved to be nearly 20 feet wide." This early report goes on to list the colorfully named mines of that time: The Mint, Prince Albert, Thunderbolt, Sixteen String Jack, Sunrise, Bluebird, Siamese Chief, Minnehaha, Silver Crop, Cinderella, Birdie Boy. and Terrible. Report of the director of the Mint ... - Google Books Scripophily Old Stocks - The Mines of Colorado A later report related that the four major mines were the Tasmania, Tasmania - Colorado Ghost Town the Fortune, the Banker Banker Mine - Colorado Ghost Town and the Swiss Boy, Swiss Boy - Colorado Ghost Town so it would appear that most mines just did not "pan out". The towns of Beaver City, Beaver City - Colorado Ghost Town Vicksburg (Vicksburg, Colorado), Rockdale Silverdale, Winfield (Winfield, Colorado), Hamilton, and others, once hives of activity, have either totally disappeared or remain primarily as ghost towns with only a few remaining buildings. WINFIELD & VICKSBURG, COLORADO: Two Colorado Ghost Towns In Chaffee County (Photos - July 2006) Vicksburg & Winfield Ghost Towns In Chaffee County, Colorado (Photos on September 29, 2007) thumb Winfield mining camp (File:GraniteCO WinfieldMiningCamp.jpg) Winfield was the largest settlement. In 1890 the estimated population is listed as fifteen hundred, but it can be assumed that hundreds more lived in the surrounding area. Winfield included three saloons, three stores, a post office, two hotels, a boarding house, mill, smelter, ore concentrator, church, and a school. The last ore was hauled out by stage in 1918. Several restored buildings remain, including the school. thumb Vicksburg Main Street (File:GraniteCO VicksburgMainStreet.jpg) thumb Early Vicksburg cabin (File:GraniteCO VicksburgCabin.jpg) Vicksburg was founded in 1867 after prospectors from Leadville camping out in the Clear Creek Canyon lost their burros. The burros had wandered down the creek and when the miners found their pack animals, they discovered gold in the creek bed as well. In its heyday, Vicksburg had a post office, school, blacksmith, two hotels, two billiard halls, several saloons, a general store, an assay office, and a livery stable. Early miners packed in Balm of Gilead (balsam poplar) trees on the backs of burros and planted them to line the street. The early settlers likely used the sticky sap of the trees to make a medicinal salve used for both animals and humans alike. Herbal Branch 4: Balm of Gilead * Rock Talk Category:Unincorporated communities in Chaffee County, Colorado Category:Unincorporated communities in Colorado Category:Populated places on the Arkansas River At its headwaters, the Arkansas runs as a steep mountain torrent through the Rockies in its narrow valley, dropping 4,600 feet (1.4 km) in 120 miles (193 km). This section (including ''The Numbers'' near Granite, Colorado, ''Brown's Canyon'', and the Royal Gorge) sees extensive whitewater rafting in the spring and summer. *'''Grand View Estates''' (Grand View Estates, Colorado) in Douglas County (Douglas County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated community and a census designated place served by the Parker (Parker, Colorado) Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80134 (Parker, Colorado) *'''Granite''' (Granite, Colorado) in Chaffee County (Chaffee County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 81228 (Granite, Colorado) *'''Grant''' (Grant, Colorado) in Park County (Park County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80448 (Grant, Colorado)


hard rock

* Rock Talk Category:Unincorporated communities in Chaffee County, Colorado Category:Unincorporated communities in Colorado Category:Populated places on the Arkansas River At its headwaters, the Arkansas runs as a steep mountain torrent through the Rockies in its narrow valley, dropping 4,600 feet (1.4 km) in 120 miles (193 km). This section (including ''The Numbers'' near Granite, Colorado, ''Brown's Canyon'', and the Royal Gorge) sees extensive whitewater rafting in the spring and summer. *'''Grand View Estates''' (Grand View Estates, Colorado) in Douglas County (Douglas County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated community and a census designated place served by the Parker (Parker, Colorado) Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80134 (Parker, Colorado) *'''Granite''' (Granite, Colorado) in Chaffee County (Chaffee County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 81228 (Granite, Colorado) *'''Grant''' (Grant, Colorado) in Park County (Park County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80448 (Grant, Colorado)


black gold

, but blacksmith and machine shops, and assay offices as well. Without a local supply of coal they were using charcoal as fuel, in fact, the charcoal industry in Leadville employed an estimated 3,000 people, three times the number of those working in the mines, and the forests were being rapidly depleted. black-gold-of-early-leadville Charcoal, the black gold of early Leadville Colorado Central Magazine Colorado news, stories


massive

midway between Leadville to the north, and Buena Vista (Buena Vista, Colorado) 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. Geography

ranges: Mosquito Range to the east and the Sawatch Range to the west, and it is within approximately 10 miles of two of the highest peaks in the contiguous United States. To the northwest lies Mount Elbert, the highest of the fourteeners in the Sawatch Range and second highest peak in the contiguous United States. Neighboring Mount Massive is the third highest peak. Nearby Independence Pass (Independence Pass (Colorado)), at 12,100 feet (3,687 m), is the highest paved

enrollment had dwindled to only thirteen and the school was closed. The railroad ended service in the 1980s. Chaffee County lists the school and the Denver & Rio Grande railroad building and several other still-standing buildings including a blacksmith-livery and a stage stop as sites of historical interest. Today this area draws whitewater rafting enthusiasts. The rapids were created by a massive glacial flood which spread boulders down the river for over


early

midway between Leadville to the north, and Buena Vista (Buena Vista, Colorado) 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. Geography

). National Gardening Association Surrounded by moisture-robbing mountains, the climate is semiarid, though deep winter snows are common. Early history thumb 250px Oro City ~ circa 1874 - 1879 (File:Oro City, near Leadville. Lake County, Colorado - NARA - 517025.jpg) The Pike's Peak Gold Rush that began in 1859 brought an unprecedented number of people into the Colorado

history lakewars.htm Colorado history - Buena Vista, Salida, Leadville The early prospectors included Horace Tabor, who later moved up the valley to Leadville where he was to find his fortune in the Colorado Silver Boom that swept Leadville in 1879. In a much-publicized scandal Tabor divorced his wife and married young and beautiful Elizabeth "Baby Doe" McCourt (Baby Doe Tabor), twenty years his junior. File:Granite, Colorado


numerous gold

www.historycolorado.org thumb left Garbutt Mine hard rock miners (File:GarbuttMine.gif) Among the earliest gold discoveries in the Colorado gold rush were placer (placer mining) deposits discovered in 1859 at the headwaters of the Arkansas River near Granite. By late 1860 most of the streams had been prospected, and numerous gold placers were reported along the Arkansas River to Buena Vista and beyond. The deposits along the Arkansas River and Cache


early history

Traces of the old stage road are still visible, as are the remains of bridges that cross the Arkansas north of Buena Vista near the Colorado Midland Railway tunnels, from east to west at Pine Creek, and a final crossing to the east side of the Arkansas just north of Clear Creek. At low water levels log supports of the rubble-filled abutments can still be seen at the Clear Creek crossing. The photo at right was taken as part of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, the first extensive geological survey of the West. La Plata creek, presently known as Pine Creek, is known to rafters as a dangerous rapids that have taken several lives. The photo shows why the coach road (and later both railways) crossed from west to east at this point. It appears to have been taken from the coach roadbed. The stage road was built ten to fifteen years before the railroads, and it is likely the heavily engineered rail routes overwhelmed the hand-built stage road. It is uncertain as to whether or not the stage road was abandoned as soon as the railroads reached Leadville, or if the route continued to be used by freight wagons and even early motor cars until better routes were available on the west side of the river where Highway 24 now runs. The stretch of old stage road that runs through Granite is surprisingly well-preserved and is used as a hiking cycling trail. Denver & Rio Grande West thumb "I helped to build Pike's Peak railroad myself," Colorado, U.S.A, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views (File:"I helped to build Pike's Peak railroad myself," Colorado, U.S.A, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views 2.jpg) thumb Railroad building, by Gurnsey, B. H. (Byron H.), 1833-1880 (File:Railroad building, by Gurnsey, B. H. (Byron H.), 1833-1880.jpg) In 1870 the Denver Pacific Railroad was built, providing Denver with rail transport to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tracks were rapidly being laid in southern Colorado as the Denver & Rio Grande Western and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe fought for control of newly discovered mineral and coal deposits and ranching and farming areas. But the 1878 silver boom in Leadville changed everything, and by 1879 the rush for Leadville, 17 miles to the north of Granite, was on. With the boom, Leadville had rapidly become the third largest city in Colorado and the newly made millionaires had money and they wanted to spend it. Leadville’s Last Whorehouse will re-open as a restaurant Colorado Central Magazine Colorado news, stories, essays, history and more! Furthermore, they needed transport for their silver ore to the smelters in Denver or coal-rich southern Colorado, or a way to transport the coal from the southern coal mines to the upper Arkansas to fuel not only smelters, but blacksmith and machine shops, and assay offices as well. Without a local supply of coal they were using charcoal as fuel, in fact, the charcoal industry in Leadville employed an estimated 3,000 people, three times the number of those working in the mines, and the forests were being rapidly depleted. Charcoal, the black gold of early Leadville Colorado Central Magazine Colorado news, stories

Granite&page 2 Colorado Ghost Town Photography * Colorado Ghost Towns * Early history of the area * Frenchmen's Creek Ranch * Rock Talk Category:Unincorporated communities in Chaffee County, Colorado Category:Unincorporated communities in Colorado Category:Populated places on the Arkansas River At its headwaters, the Arkansas runs as a steep mountain torrent through the Rockies in its narrow valley, dropping 4,600 feet (1.4 km) in 120 miles (193 km). This section (including ''The Numbers'' near Granite, Colorado, ''Brown's Canyon'', and the Royal Gorge) sees extensive whitewater rafting in the spring and summer. *'''Grand View Estates''' (Grand View Estates, Colorado) in Douglas County (Douglas County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated community and a census designated place served by the Parker (Parker, Colorado) Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80134 (Parker, Colorado) *'''Granite''' (Granite, Colorado) in Chaffee County (Chaffee County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 81228 (Granite, Colorado) *'''Grant''' (Grant, Colorado) in Park County (Park County, Colorado), Colorado, is an unincorporated town served by U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) 80448 (Grant, Colorado)


gold production

Creek near Granite probably were the most productive, producing about 49,000 troy ounces of gold. Colorado Earth Science: Cache Creek Park: A Chaffee County Gold Rush Chaffee County Colorado Gold Production In many

Granite, Colorado

'''Granite''' is an unincorporated community (Unincorporated area) with a U.S. Post Office (United States Postal Service) in Chaffee County (Chaffee County, Colorado), Colorado, United States. The zip code of Granite is 81228. According to the 2010 census, the population is 116. Best Places to Live in the United States

Situated between the Mosquito (Mosquito Range) and the Sawatch (Sawatch Range) mountain ranges, Granite is a high mountain town located on the Arkansas River midway between Leadville to the north, and Buena Vista (Buena Vista, Colorado) 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.

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