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Steamboat Springs in Routt County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Steamboat Spring

 
 
Steamboat Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2013
1. Steamboat Spring Marker
Inscription.  
Legend has it that three French trappers first noted this unusual spring in the Yampa Valley. The spouting spring, accompanied by a “chugging” sound, reminded them of a steamboat. Henceforth, since the early 1870’s, the trappers, guides, and miners came to recognize and know this future townsite as “Steamboat Springs.”
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 29.319′ N, 106° 50.493′ W. Marker is in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in Routt County. Marker can be reached from 13th Street (County Road 33) just west of Lincoln Avenue (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling west. Marker is located along the Yampa River Core Trail near Black Sulphur Spring. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Steamboat Springs CO 80487, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Changing Yampa (within shouting distance of this marker); Sulphur Spring (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steamboat Springs Depot (about 400 feet away).
 
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Steamboat Spring & Steamboat Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2013
2. Steamboat Spring & Steamboat Spring Marker

1. History of Steamboat Springs. City of Steamboat Springs entry:
The Yampa Valley was the summer hunting grounds of the Ute Indians for hundreds of years. The Yampatika Ute and Arapaho tribes also visited the area for its mineral or “medicine” springs considered sacred places of physical and spiritual healing. (Submitted on February 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Steamboat History. The Steamboat Group Real Estate entry:
The first white men passed through the area in the early 1800's. The name Steamboat Springs is said to have originated in the late 1820's when three French Trappers, traveling along the Yampa River, heard a "chug chug" sound. Thinking they had reached a major river, one yelled, "a Steamboat, by gar!" The Steamboat Spring still sits at the far end of town. (Submitted on February 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Steamboat Springs History. Tread of Pioneers entry:
James Harvey Crawford, the town’s founding father and first permanent settler, brought his family to Steamboat Springs in July 1875 and built the first cabin on the banks of Soda Creek. (Submitted on February 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Steamboat Spring Interpretive Panel<br>(<i>located beside spring</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2013
3. Steamboat Spring Interpretive Panel
(located beside spring)
”The waters, rolling from their mountain springs with a soft island murmur.”
—Wordsworth

Steamboat Spring
Temperature: 78°
Steamboat’s founder James Crawford staked his land claim on a quaking aspen next to this spring in 1874. The geyser-like spring at that time made a chugging sound which reminded early settlers of a Steamboat, thus giving our town its unlikely name.
Yampa River image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2013
4. Yampa River
(looking southeast from bridge • Steamboat Spring on right)
Steamboat Spring image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2013
5. Steamboat Spring
(looking south across the Yampa River • Steamboat Spring in right background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 10, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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