Near Winter Park in Grand County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Across the Continental Divide between
South Platte and Colorado River drainages
Altitude 11,314 Feet
Discovered by Capt. E.L. Berthoud
Colorado pioneer May 12, 1861.
Surveyed by Berthoud and Jim
Bridger July, 1861. Toll Road opened
1874. Improved highway opened 1923.
The State Historical Society of Colorado
The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation
and by the State Highway Department
and the U.S. Forest Service
Erected 1929 by State Historical Society of Colorado, Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation, State Highway Department and U.S. Forest Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is May 12, 1861.
Location. 39° 47.901′ N, 105° 46.561′ W. Marker is near Winter Park, Colorado, in Grand County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 40 at milepost 240, 5.8 miles west of Henderson Mine Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at the east end Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winter Park CO 80482, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Story of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels (approx. 7.2 miles away); Old Town Jail (approx. 7.6 miles away); Hamill House Museum (approx. 7.7 miles away); Cornish House, 1892 (approx. 7.7 miles away); Forbes Building, ca. 1869 (approx. 7.7 miles away); Teal Building, 1875 (approx. 7.7 miles away); Argentine Central Railway (approx. 7.7 miles away); McMurdy-Snetzer Building, 1869 (approx. 7.7 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a large, embossed metal tablet, mounted at eye-level, on a stone and masonry pedestal, beside the large wooden Berthoud Pass summit sign.
Also see . . . Berthoud Pass. The pass is named for Edward L. Berthoud, the chief surveyor of the Colorado Central Railroad during the 1870s. Accompanied by Jim Bridger, Berthoud discovered the pass in July 1861 while surveying a possible route for the railroad. Berthoud concluded that the pass was suitable as a wagon road, but not as a railroad, and was then hired by the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company to survey a route over the pass to Salt Lake. (Submitted on February 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.