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Near Winter Park in Grand County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Berthoud Pass

 
 
Berthoud Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2010
1. Berthoud Pass Marker
Inscription.  
Berthoud Pass
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.

Erected by
The State Historical Society of Colorado
from
The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation
and by the State Highway Department
and the U.S. Forest Service
1929

 
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: ExplorationRoads & 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
Berthoud Pass Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2010
2. Berthoud Pass Marker (wide view; marker visible on right)
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of the Berthoud Pass summit parking lot. 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.) 
 
Continental Divide Trailhead (<i>located near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2010
3. Continental Divide Trailhead (located near marker)
View of US Highway 40 from Berthoud Pass summit image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 15, 2010
4. View of US Highway 40 from Berthoud Pass summit
 
 
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.

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