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

Stagecoach Road to Riches

 
 
Stagecoach Road to Riches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
1. Stagecoach Road to Riches Marker
Inscription.
With the discovery of gold in California Gulch in 1860, getting to Oro City (now Leadville) meant an opportunity for fame and fortune.

It would, however, be twenty years before railroad service traversed the Upper Arkansas Valley. Stagecoach routes from Denver and Aspen over Mosquito and Tennessee passes were established, but travelers and commercial enterprises coming from Pueblo and south had to make their way up the Arkansas River.

The Barlow and Sanderson Stagecoach Company established a route from Canon City to Leadville in the 1860’s.

Stage stations were developed at intervals of 15-20 miles, the distance a team of horses could reasonably last. Bale’s Station, downriver of where Salida now stands, was one of the relay stops on the Arkansas River route. Stages stopped and sometimes passengers overnighted there before going on to Leadville. A formal townsite was established around 1878, named for Bale’s daughter Cleora.

As the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad pushed farther westward up the canyon, stages moved their departures upriver. Canon City was the railhead from about 1874 and Salida from 1880.

Once the railroad arrived the relay stations below Salida became obsolete and stage travel was abandoned.
 
Erected by Federal
Marker Detail: Wagons and horses, Canon City image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
2. Marker Detail: Wagons and horses, Canon City

Wagons and horses are loaded for the journey to Leadville from Main Street, Canon City. 1874.
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, X-17960
Highway Administration, National Scenic Byways & Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.
 
Location. 39° 2.029′ N, 106° 15.429′ 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. The Placers In Between (here, next to this marker); Getting from There to Here (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. Barlow and Sanderson Stagecoach.
Before the rapid expansion of railroads in the West in the 1870s and 1880s, stagecoaches carried passengers, mail, and freight
Marker Detail: Horse-drawn Cart image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
3. Marker Detail: Horse-drawn Cart

Men in a horse-drawn cart near Leadville. It is unclear if this photo was taken on the stage road itself, or on the later river road that became U.S. Highway 24. A railroad bridge is visible in the distance.
Colorado Historical Society CHS-B638, Harry Buckwalter Collection.
from town to town. Bradley Barlow and Jared Sanderson first entered the stagecoach business in the early 1860s in Missouri. The first use of the Barlow, Sanderson and Company name came in 1866, by which time it had a route to California. It was the only major company operating on western mainlines aside from Wells, Fargo and Company, which had come to dominate stage lines in the West. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Cleora, Colorado.
Only scattered remains of buildings remain today of Cleora. What is known is that William Bale named the site for his daughter. Today the site is a privately owned cattle company with ties to the surrounding railroading industry as it was once a division point for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Marker Detail: Baldwin House image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
4. Marker Detail: Baldwin House

Drivers hold the reigns of a six horse team of the Barlow and Sanderson Stagecoach on Main Street between Second and Third Streets in Canon City. A saloon, bakery, hardware store and the Baldwin House are visible.
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, X-17975
Marker Detail: Four Horse Team image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
5. Marker Detail: Four Horse Team

Men, women and children ride a stagecoach with a four horse team in Canon City. This particular coach sports ornate flourishes, lamps and a roof rail. A young boy with a baby donkey stands by the rear wheel.
Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, X-17966
Marker Detail: Stagecoach Ticket Prices image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
6. Marker Detail: Stagecoach Ticket Prices
Marker Detail: Bale's Station image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
7. Marker Detail: Bale's Station
Bale's Station in Cleora was a stop on the Barlow and Sanderson stage route. Weary travelers often spent the night here at the hotel. Salida Museum Association photo
Stagecoach Road to Riches Marker (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
8. Stagecoach Road to Riches Marker (wide view)

Looking north across marker, over Arkansas River, with railroad grade visible in the background
Related marker group (<i>Overlooking the Arkansas River</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
9. 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 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6, 7. submitted on September 18, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   8. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   9. 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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