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Alamosa in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

"Old Mose"

The King of the Grizzlies

 
 
"Old Mose" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
1. "Old Mose" Marker
Inscription.  

According to Outdoor Life (April, 2004),
Old Mose was the most famous grizzly ever to
appear in their publication. This one bear
was responsible for a myriad of depredations.
Known for his distinctive footprint
(he was missing two toes on his back foot),
he bedeviled ranchers and hunters
around south central Colorado for many years.

"Old Mose", the most dreaded grizzly bear
in the entire United States, met his death on
Saturday, April 30, 1904. He was killed by
James Anthony and his partner, Wharton Pigg.
He made his last stand in a quaking aspen draw
near the confines of his home on the northwest
corner of Black Mountain, near Salida and
Canon City. Weighing over 1,300 pounds,
"Old Mose" was the largest grizzly in the
history of Colorado!


 
Erected by ASC Grizzly Club, Alumni Association, and Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment.
 
Location. 37° 
"Old Mose" Sculpture and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
2. "Old Mose" Sculpture and Marker
28.386′ N, 105° 52.831′ W. Marker is in Alamosa, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street and Edgemont Boulevard, on the left when traveling east on 1st Street. Marker and sculpture are the centerpiece of the Grizzly Courtyard, on the Adams State University campus, just south of the Rex Activity Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alamosa CO 81101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1988 NAIA Division 1 National Championship Runner-Up (here, next to this marker); Millstone, c. 1845 (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Legion Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Emperius Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); American National Bank Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alamosa Depot (approx. one mile away); Adams State College (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alamosa.
 
Also see . . .
1. Back In Time: The legend of Old Mose (Daily Record, 2020). (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Old Mose: A Larger-Than-Life Colorado Legend (Central Colorado Magazine, 2015). (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
"Old Mose" Sculpture Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
3. "Old Mose" Sculpture Detail
"Old Mose" Sculptor's Mark image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
4. "Old Mose" Sculptor's Mark
Robert R. Foote Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
5. Robert R. Foote Marker
Non-historical supporting marker
Grizzly Courtyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
6. Grizzly Courtyard Marker
Non-historical supporting marker
Grizzly Courtyard Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 16, 2020
7. Grizzly Courtyard Construction Marker
Non-historical supporting marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 24, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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