Granite, Colorado

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low water

, 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


year young

. Popular culture Doc Holliday, gambler, gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West and most remembered for his involvement in the 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, left Arizona by rail and then took the Leadville stage from Buena Vista , north through Granite, and on to Leadville in 1882. In 1954, 7th grade Granite student Juliann Horvath, a year young for her class because she had started school a year early, won the Chaffee County combined 7th and 8th grade spelling bee


difficult time

built over the Continental Divide in Colorado. It ran from Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, Colorado) through Granite and Leadville, crossed the divide at Hagerman Pass, and went on to Aspen and Grand Junction. They had a more difficult time running their track because the routes that were the easiest places to lay rails had already been taken by the other railroads. The second problem was that the Colorado Midland was a standard gauge, so it needed more space to run the tracks. Curves were broader, bridges and tunnels had to be larger, and the total expense was considerably greater. A two-story depot existed in both Granite and Leadville and there was a roundhouse in Leadville as well. The CM served Leadville’s mines and smelters until 1906, with tracks in Iowa Gulch and California Gulch, areas now termed the Leadville mining district. The Colorado Midland Railroad Colorado Central Magazine Colorado news, stories, essays, history and more! Service was discontinued in 1918 due to financial difficulties. Trains-Short History Hagerman Tunnel from Leadville to tunnel East side The old Midland grade is still evident in Granite and sections of bridge can be seen about two miles south where the track crossed over to the west side of the river at Clear Creek. Evidence of the old bridge remains visible to hikers and four tunnels still exist farther south closer to Buena Vista. 00 Cover - Table of Contents.indd Bridgehunter.com Colorado Midland Railroad Granite train wreck On August 20, 1925, there was a head-on collision between two passenger trains on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad near Granite, which resulted in 2 deaths and the injury of 107. The wreck was found to be the result of human error and a blistering report followed: "It would be difficult to imagine a more inherently dangerous system, or lack of system, for the operation of trains under the trains under sic method of operation than that which appears to exist on this railroad. The disastrous results usually attendant upon careless handling of train orders are well illustrated in the present case, and the number and character of the violations of the rules, governing the handling of train orders raises a question as to whether the operating officials of this railroad have a proper appreciation of the responsibilities of their positions. While the immediate cause may be found to rest with the failure of some individual occupying a comparatively minor position, those responsible for the general conditions resulting in such failure occupy higher positions. They have the duty first to provide safe and adequate rules, for the operation of trains and then to enforce obedience to those rules, on the part of all concerned. This was not done in this ease, sic and for their failure they are equally responsible for the occurrence of this accident." DRGW.Net : ICC 1181 Ghost towns thumb left One room school in Granite, Colorado 1954 (File:One room school in Granite, Colorado 1954.tiff) While Granite is a ghost of what it once was, what with both a railroad and a major highway running through it has survived the years. However, many old ghost towns remain in the hills surrounding Granite. As the prospectors searched for gold, every Arkansas River tributary was a potential gold mining site and a chance to strike it rich. About two miles south of Granite, Clear Creek empties into the Arkansas River. Although prospecting took place in this area as early as 1867 when the gravel bar reaching out into the Arkansas was found to be rich in placer gold, the real activity didn't take off until 1879 when the canyon exploded 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)


free gold

Colorado mining districts the easily discovered and worked placers were the first big strikes of a typical gold rush. But the free gold supply in stream beds quickly became depleted, and the initial phase was followed by prospecting for veins of lode gold that were the original source of the placer gold. The hills above Granite are pockmarked with numerous old mining tunnels from hard rock mining, evidence of the second stage of a gold rush cycle. Their neighbors in Leadville went on to discover silver, resulting in a silver rush, but Granite never got that far. In just a few years their ore began to play out, and the town's population, once as high as 7000, began to decline. Stagecoach and railways Leadville Stagecoach Road File:View of the Arkansas River, between the La Plata and Twin Lakes. Chaffee County, Colorado. - NARA - 516989.tif thumb right "Arkansas River between the La Plata creek and Twin Lakes (Twin Lakes (Colorado)). Chaffee County, Colorado. (1874 - 06 30 1879)" The earliest mode of transportation used by the growing number of settlers in Granite and the surrounding area was horseback and pack mules or burros. The Santa Fe Trail, built in 1822, had a north fork up to Denver (founded in 1858), and by 1877 the Leadville Stagecoach Road was running from Canyon City, through Granite, Leadville, colorado stagecoach canon city to leadville - Google zoeken and north to Denver. Reliable transportation was important to deliver supplies for the growing communities, and the route was used more as a supply and mail route than for transportation of passengers. An old schedule from 1980 with the stage stops from Canyon City to Leadville shows that the trip was 126 miles and took 26 (jarring) hours. The distance today is 120 miles, illustrating the fact that in these high mountains the routes for passage are very limited. However, with modern-day transportation the trip now takes only about two hours. The distance to Granite was 108 miles and the fare was $13.50 The stage road from Cañon City to Leadville Colorado Central Magazine Colorado news, stories, essays, history and more! The Canyon City to Leadville stage ran three times daily. * 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)


stage

Colorado mining districts the easily discovered and worked placers were the first big strikes of a typical gold rush. But the free gold supply in stream beds quickly became depleted, and the initial phase was followed by prospecting for veins of lode gold that were the original source of the placer gold. The hills above Granite are pockmarked with numerous old mining tunnels from hard rock mining, evidence of the second stage

+stagecoach+canon+city+to+leadville+&ie utf-8&oe utf-8&aq t&rls org.mozilla:en-US:official&client firefox-a colorado stagecoach canon city to leadville - Google zoeken and north to Denver. Reliable transportation was important to deliver supplies for the growing communities, and the route was used more as a supply and mail route than for transportation of passengers. An old schedule from 1980 with the stage stops from Canyon City

to Leadville shows that the trip was 126 miles and took 26 (jarring) hours. The distance today is 120 miles, illustrating the fact that in these high mountains the routes for passage are very limited. However, with modern-day transportation the trip now takes only about two hours. The distance to Granite was 108 miles and the fare was $13.50 stage-road The stage road from Cañon City to Leadville Colorado Central Magazine


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


historical past

in 1911. Cache Creek is managed by the Bureau of Land Management for wildlife habitat, wetlands, open space, and small-scale placer mining. For years only one business remained open, the Granite General Store, however it closed in 2007. The building was originally an 1880s bunk house for railroad workers. Currently there are only eight year-round residents in Granite. Most people, even "locals", pass through Granite unaware of its historical past. Popular


silver+rich

, Colorado Lake County , once one of the two largest of the Colorado Territory’s original 17 counties. As the site of some of the richest placer (placer deposit) gold strikes in Lake County, Granite held the position of county seat, but in 1878 they lost out to booming silver-rich Leadville, 17 miles to the north. However, Granite did manage to remain the county seat, but not of Lake County. They redrew the county lines creating Chaffee County (Chaffee County, Colorado), with Granite


wide quot

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.


history history

Territory . Among the earliest gold discoveries in Colorado were placer deposits near the headwaters of the Arkansas River in Oro city (Oro City, Colorado).history history online_books blm co 17 chap6.htm Land of Contrast: A History of Southeast Colorado (Chapter 6) In 1860, Cache Creek, a mining camp near Granite, became the first settlement of note with a population of about 300. By the following year, Granite

they reached the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas (Royal Gorge) there was not room for both of them.history history online_books blm co 17 chap9.htm Land of Contrast: A History of Southeast Colorado (Chapter 9) Over a hundred years later the D&RG would comment (on their website): "The Royal Gorge Route has, quite possibly, one of strangest histories of the entire Rio Grande system."

. Juliann was one of only three Granite 7th grade students, and the total school enrollment that year was less than twenty. See also *State of Colorado **Chaffee County, Colorado **History of Lake County, Colorado (Lake County, Colorado#History) References External links * Granite photographs * More photographs of Granite *

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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