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Shawnee in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Shawnee Historic District

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 5, 2020
1. Shawnee Historic District Marker
Inscription.  In 1886, James W. Price homesteaded here & in 1889 built the Grandview Hotel. In 1900 he & the Colo. & Southern Railway developed Shawnee & built Shawnee Lodge which burned in 1929. In 1900 Price built the Shawnee Mercantile Co. Store & moved the Slaght's Post Office to Shawnee. W.H. "Harry” Price, J.W. Price's son, became Shawnee Postmaster in 1900, serving until 1940. Shawnee became a popular summer resort as the slow meandering river was great for fishing. The local economy was tourism, ranching, farming, logging and winter jobs at the Maddox Ice Co. which vanished with the railroad in 1937. The Shawnee Water Consumers' Association was formed in 1929 by C.O. Cook, W.W. Garwood and Roger D. Knight.

[Reverse] The Shawnee Cemetery is 350 feet to the east. Since 1895 settler families of Tyler, Bonnifield, and Price have been interred. Civil War Union veterans, Private W. A. Bonnifield rests there. Prior valley history includes: Ute hunting ground, a route to South Park's 1859-60s gold rush and route of the 1878 Denver, South Park and Pacific narrow-gauge R.R. Homesteaders Azel & Alice Slaght, arrived in 1859-61. Long known
Shawnee Historic District Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 5, 2020
2. Shawnee Historic District Marker (Reverse)
as "Slaght's Valley", Slaght's Ranch, located ½ mile to the SE, was also called: Granite Vale Post Office, 1861-70; Slaght's Stagestop, 1862-78; Fairville Post Office & Townsite, 1878-82; Slaght's P.O., 1882-1900.
 
Erected 2008 by Citizens of Shawnee.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 25.331′ N, 105° 33.331′ W. Marker is in Shawnee, Colorado, in Park County. Marker is on Frontage Road north of County Road 115, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56052 South US Highway 285, Shawnee CO 80475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Park (approx. 10.7 miles away); Ralph Carr Memorial Highway (approx. 10.7 miles away); University of Denver (approx. 12.4 miles away); Drexel Lacey (approx. 12.4 miles away).
 
Shawnee Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 5, 2020
3. Shawnee Historic District Marker
Shawnee (CO) Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 5, 2020
4. Shawnee (CO) Post Office
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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