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Near South Fork in Mineral County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

History of a Road

 
 
History of a Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
1. History of a Road Marker
Inscription. Wolf Creek Pass! A romantic name - a beautiful but harsh setting.
     Squatter-trapper Bill Wolf probably wasn't the first man across the pass, though it bears his name. Until the early 1900's, Cumbres and Elwood Passes opened the way to fertile Pagosa Country, first used by migrating bands of hunter-gatherers (4000 BC - 200 AD), later by Spanish and French explorers seeking gold in the 1700's, and finally by settlers int he mid-1800's.
     The increasing wealth of lumber, not gold, inspired the building of a faster north-south route. Working with horses and wagons, men completed narrow, steep Wolf Creek Pass in 1916.
     Chugging over the pass in a Model-T Ford took two days, often resulting in burning brakes and boiling radiators. Large patches of last winter’s snow meant stopping and shoveling out a path. Meeting another vehicle from the opposite direction was an exercise in diplomacy - occasionally a test of boxing skill.
     Old Bill Wolf’s pass is now very different. Smooth pavement, double-lanes, snowslide sheds and runaway-truck ramps provide a safe, comfortable one-hour trip over the pass. Even with these improvements, Wolf Creek Pass remains a legend in many songs and poems as the “bearcat” of mountain passes.
 
Location. 37° 28.975′ 
View to the southeast from Lobo Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
2. View to the southeast from Lobo Overlook
Eastern part of Wolf Creek Pass and Wolf Creek Ski Area
N, 106° 48.137′ W. Marker is near South Fork, Colorado, in Mineral County. Marker is on U.S. 160 0.2 miles west of County Road 402, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Fork CO 81154, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Divide (here, next to this marker); Continental Divide Trail (here, next to this marker).
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
View to the south from Lobo Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
3. View to the south from Lobo Overlook
The Continental Divide runs south from Lobo Overlook
The US 160 pullout with the markers is at the bottom of the mountain hidden by trees
View to the southwest from Lobo Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
4. View to the southwest from Lobo Overlook
Western part of Wolf Creek Pass
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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