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Durango in La Plata County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountain

circa mid-1890s

 
 
Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2020
1. Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountain Marker
Inscription.  

The large building in the foreground is Durango's first high school. Above it is the new La Plata County Courthouse. The Boulevard, today's Third Avenue, is the street running between the two. The Ladies' Literary Society planted trees in the parkway down the center. These same women also fought to preserve and create Mesa Verde National Park. The smoke in the background comes from the Smelter.

Much of Durango was rebuilt after the fire of 1889, which reduced seven blocks (and the red light district) to ashes in less than two hours. Strong winds pushed the blaze so quickly that firemen were unable to bring their steam-powered pumper out of the fire station before it, too, was consumed.

The Moments Project is a conceptual public sculpture by Shan Wells, designed to preserve the cultural heritage of Durango, and to make visible the movement of time.
 
Erected 2005 by Shan Wells' Moments Project. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location.

Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2020
2. Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountain Marker
37° 16.564′ N, 107° 52.366′ W. Marker is in Durango, Colorado, in La Plata County. Marker is on Rim Drive south of West Campus Court, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the Fort Lewis College campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Durango CO 81301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Main Post Office Professional Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Durango circa 1889 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jack Dempsey (approx. half a mile away); The Newman Block (approx. half a mile away); Main St., Durango circa 1890 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trails to Rails (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Trails to Rails (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Durango.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wind and fire: Today is the 125th anniversary of the blaze that almost ended Durango. Durango Herald article, June 29, 2014 (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Interesting Historical Facts About Durango. City of Durango PDF (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. Sanborn Maps of Durango, 1886. Library of Congress entry (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

4. Brief History of Durango: Historic Walking Tour Facts. Visit Durango Colorado entry (Submitted on November 20, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Southern Durango with view of Smelter Mountain image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 15, 2020
3. Southern Durango with view of Smelter Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Feb. 25, 2021