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Near Aspen in Pitkin County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Independence Townsite

Elevation 10,830 feet

 

— White River National Forest —

 
Independence Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 1993
1. Independence Townsite Marker
Inscription.  Founded July 4, 1879 when gold was discovered, Independence was the first community in the Roaring Fork Valley. A thriving mining camp, stagecoach and layover stop for all travel across Hunter’s Pass, it became a ghost town in the late 1800’s when trains came into Aspen and the gold played out.

In 1980, the Aspen Historical Society, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, began preservation efforts to retain Independence for future generations.
 
Erected by Aspen Historical Society and the U.S. Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1879.
 
Location. 39° 6.404′ N, 106° 36.215′ W. Marker is near Aspen, Colorado, in Pitkin County. Marker is on State Highway 82, on the right when traveling east. This is not an "all year highway" and is closed during the winter. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aspen CO 81611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Ghost Town of Independence (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Welcome to the Ghost Town of Independence

Independence Townsite image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 1993
2. Independence Townsite
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Tent City (within shouting distance of this marker); Business District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Finding Gold (about 600 feet away); Living at Altitude (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Business District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Independence Pass Foundation (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aspen.
 
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By Don Morfe, July 1, 1993
3. Independence Pass
Located on SR82 not too far from Independence Townsite
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 580 times since then. Last updated on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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