Near Lake George in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Footpaths to Highways
American Indians who came to hunt, collect natural salts, and soak in hot springs established routes through the landscape as they traveled between their summer and winter homes. Other travelers used the same paths, and ultimately built railways and highways along them.
Monntain men and trappers arrived in the early 1800s. They were followed by a flood of miners in 1859-60 seeking fortunes in gold and silver. Some miners stayed and became ranchers.
By the 1880s, two railways traversed South Park — the Denver, South Park & Pacific (DSP&P) and the Colorado Midland. The Midland survived until World War I by carrying tourists on sightseeing, wildflower, and hot springs excursions. The DSP&P lasted until 1937. It was largely supported in its later years by traffic to and from the Climax Molybdenum Mine near Leadville. By 1916, four state highways traversed South Park.
Top right: Ute Indian trail
Middle left: Hartsel Hotel
Bottom left: Today's travelers on US Highway
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
Location. 39° 2.264′ N, 105° 31.549′ W. Marker is near Lake George, Colorado, in Park County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 24. Marker is located at Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake George CO 80827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bayou Salado "Salt Marsh" (here, next to this marker); Fire Nature's Own Cleanser (here, next to this marker); Digging In (a few steps from this marker); Turning Gold Fields into Fields of Green (a few steps from this marker); Enough Water for Everyone? (a few steps from this marker); Human Lives & Landscapes Inextricably Intertwined (a few steps from this marker); Pikes Peak and National Forests (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Blue Sky People (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake George.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.