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Near Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Getting from There to Here

 
 
Getting from There to Here Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
1. Getting from There to Here Marker
Inscription.
Native peoples traveled through the Upper Arkansas Valley for centuries before European and American explorers.

Ute, Comanche and other tribes traveled on foot until the arrival of the Spanish and the introduction of the horse in the 1600’s. Two hundred years later the growth of settlements, industry and commerce in this area meant an equal increase in modes of transportation.

Whoever said getting there was half the fun…
The discovery of gold in California Gulch near Leadville in 1860 and silver in the local black carbonate sands in 1870 brought a steady stream of fortune-seekers and the supplies of industry necessary to support them.

Transportation between communities up and down the Arkansas River was imperative for everything from food supplies to ore smelting. Burro and mule trains were common for moving supplies and, during the 1860’s, the Barlow and Sanderson stage line began regular service from Canon City to Leadville. Whoever said getting there was half the fun never took that particular trip: 26 backbreaking, bottom-numbing hours from start to finish!

The completion of the standard gauge Denver and Rio Grande Railroad between Canon City and Leadville in 1880 meant the end of the stage route, but remnants of the trail are still visible on the slope across the
Marker Detail: Horses and Wagon image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
2. Marker Detail: Horses and Wagon

Men and women in a horse drawn wagon in Chaffee County, circa 1880 – 1890
river.
 
Erected by Federal Highway Administration, National Scenic Byways & Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.
 
Location. 39° 2.029′ N, 106° 15.43′ W. Marker is near Buena Vista, Colorado, in Chaffee County. Marker is on U.S. 24 one mile east of County Highway 397, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pull-out area overlooking the Arkansas River, on the north side of US Highway 24. Marker is in this post office area: Buena Vista CO 81211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stagecoach Road to Riches (here, next to this marker); The Placers In Between (here, next to this marker).
 
More about this marker. Marker is associated with Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway. Marker is relatively new and in good condition.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway
 
Also see . . .
1. Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway Map.
Complete map of Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The stage road from Cañon City to Leadville.
The stage road
Marker Detail: Railroad Travel image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
3. Marker Detail: Railroad Travel

Traveling along the Arkansas River from Canon City to Leadville by stagecoach was tedious and exhausting. The arrival of the railroad (seen here making its way through the Royal Gorge) reduced the trip considerably.
from Cañon City to Leadville through Salida and Buena Vista was just one of many ways people could get to Leadville during its early boom years from the 1860s through 1880s. Depending on where you started, stages came from Denver over Tennessee, Frémont, Mosquito and Weston passes to Oro City, an early Leadville-area settlement. There was also service from Aspen over Hagerman Pass, and a route up from Twin Lakes. Passengers and freight coming from Pueblo and points south came up the Arkansas through Cañon City to Salida and Buena Vista, in due course traversing that most-evident section near Granite on their way into Leadville. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Leadville Mining Boom: Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.
A mining boom near Leadville resulted in a construction race between Denver, South Park and Pacific and Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, with both reaching Buena Vista in early 1880. The Denver, South Park and Pacific completed construction first, but rather than both companies laying track to Leadville, Jay Gould pressured the two companies to make a deal called the "Joint Operation Agreement" of October 1, 1879. The companies agree that "...for the purpose of harmony and mutual profit...", the Denver and Rio Grande would lay tracks to the north from Buena Vista to the Leadville mining district, but that the Denver,
Market Detail: Automobile image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
4. Market Detail: Automobile

Today the same distance can be traversed by car in about two hours
South Park and Pacific would share equal traffic rights. Similarly, the Denver, South Park and Pacific would build into the Gunnison Country via Chalk Creek, with equal traffic rights given to the Denver and Rio Grande. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Marker Detail: Bicycle image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
5. Marker Detail: Bicycle

The need to get from one place to another has driven many changes in the Upper Arkansas River valley but bicycles are still a favorite mode of transportation.
Getting from There to Here Marker (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
6. Getting from There to Here Marker (wide view)

View of Arkansas River, stagecoach trail remnants and railroad tracks, to the north beyond the marker
Related marker group (<i>Overlooking the Arkansas River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
7. Related marker group (Overlooking the Arkansas River)

Related Markers: "Getting from There to Here", "Stagecoach Road to Riches", and "The Placers in Between"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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