Hartsel in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Character and Adaptability
Life in Hartsel has always called for character and adaptability. Sam Hartsel came to South Park in 1860 to mine but realized that he could make a better living raising food for miners. Starting with a 160-acre homestead in 1862, his operations here soon encompassed a 10,000-acre ranch, sawmill, trading post, blacksmith shop, hotel, commercial hot springs and bathhouse. A newer (1915) bathhouse is still visible across the river.
Colorado Midland Wildflower Train:
Hartselís enterprises boomed when the Colorado Midland Railway reached South Park from Colorado Springs. This standard-gauge railway, called “the stockmenís railroad,” could carry heavier loads than the narrow-gauge Denver, South Park & Pacific that ran from Denver through Como. The Midland shipped cattle and hay produced on local ranches, and brought tourists to fish, soak in the hot springs and gather wildflowers.
South Parkís history isnít the stuffy, indoors, overly labeled type. Itís the kind that visitors may discover on their own. In a large meadow southeast
In 1862, Charles L. Hall established one of Coloradoís first industrial enterprises, The Colorado Salt Works, on his ranch west of Hartsel. By 1868 this unique facility reportedly produced 4,000 pounds of salt daily, much of it used in processing gold ore. Under the tenure of Hallís son-in-law Thomas “Tom” McQuaid, Salt Works Ranch eventually became one of the largest cattle operations in Colorado (80,000 acres). Salt Works Ranch is now in the National Register of Historic Places and is still owned by Charles Hallís descendants.
Erected by Colorado Historical Society, Colorado Division of Wildlife and Park County Tourism & Community Development Office.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 1.268′ N, 105° 47.807′ W. Marker is in Hartsel, Colorado, in Park County. Marker is on U.S. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hartsel CO 80449, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Hartsel (here, next to this marker).
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