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Near Aspen in Pitkin County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Independence Townsite

Elevation 10,830 feet

 

—White River National Forest —

 
Independence Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 1993
1. Independence Townsite Marker
Inscription. Founded July 4, 1879 when gold was discovered, Independence was the first community in the Roaring Fork Valley. A thriving mining camp, stagecoach and layover stop for all travel across Hunter’s Pass, it became a ghost town in the late 1800’s when trains came into Aspen and the gold played out.
 
Erected by Aspen Historical Society and the U.S. Forest Service.
 
Location. 39° 6.404′ N, 106° 36.215′ W. Marker is near Aspen, Colorado, in Pitkin County. Marker is on State Highway 82, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This is not an "all year highway" and is closed during the winter. Marker is in this post office area: Aspen CO 81611, United States of America.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Independence Townsite image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 1993
2. Independence Townsite
Independence Pass image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 1, 1993
3. Independence Pass
Located on SR82 not too far from Independence Townsite
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 205 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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