Near Lake George in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Human Lives & Landscapes Inextricably Intertwined
People have always been drawn here for the natural resources: wild game, water. salt, timber, minerals, open spaces, and sweeping mountain views. Historic sites preserve our national heritage. The landscapes of South Park bear innumerable marks of human labor.
Ancient trails, spear points, bison kill sites, one-room cabins, empty mine shafts, and abandoned railroad grades reveal stories about the lives of ordinary people. Historic preservation protects the most important of these resources.
The Forest Service, Park County, the Colorado Historical Society, and many other state and local organizations work to protect the historic sites and landscapes of Park County. Take only pictures and leave only footprints.
Left, clockwise from top:
Edna Miller She challenged conventional traditions over forty years ago and was the first woman to enter the annual marathon race held during Fairplay's Burro Days.
Miners came to the gold and silver camps hoping to strike it rich.
Sam Hartsel A would-be miner who found his fortune feeding the miners.
(Center) Chinese workers came to work the mines in 1875.
Right, clockwise from top
Kit Carson, Jr. He stayed at the Salt Works Ranch while traveling through South Park.
Father John Dyer Known as the 'snowshoe' preacher in local mining camps.
Ouray and his wife, Chipeta Famous Ute Indian chief during the pioneer period.
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Women.
Location. 39° 2.265′ N, 105° 31.538′ W. Marker is near Lake George, Colorado, in Park County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 24. Marker is adjacent to the sidewalk in the parking area of the 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. Digging In (a few steps from this marker); Enough Water for Everyone? (a few steps from this marker); Bayou Salado "Salt Marsh" (a few steps from this marker); Fire Nature's Own Cleanser (a few steps from Turning Gold Fields into Fields of Green (a few steps from this marker); Footpaths to Highways (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.
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