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Hartsel in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hartsel

And The Surrounding Area

 
 
Hartsel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2017
1. Hartsel Marker
Inscription.
At the center of Colorado, the Hartsel area served as a summer hunting ground for the Mountain Utes and other American Indian tribes. After 1860, fields of irrigated hay replaced native grasses, domestic cattle and sheep replaced the bison, and European-American ranchers and settlers displaced American Indian hunters. Today, recreation is the main pursuit of most visitors. Two state parks in the Hartsel area receive 300,000 visitors per year.
 
Erected by Colorado Historical Society, Colorado Division of Wildlife and Park County Tourism & Community Development Office.
 
Location. 39° 1.268′ N, 105° 47.807′ W. Marker is in Hartsel, Colorado, in Park County. Marker is on U.S. 24 0.2 miles west of State Highway 9, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is centerpiece in kiosk of three markers, just west of the former Mobile Gas Station now comically labeled "Hartsel Jail & Sheriff's Office". Marker is in this post office area: Hartsel CO 80449, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Heritage (here, next to this marker).
 
Also see . . .
1. Hartsel.
In 1866, the settlement of Hartsel was established on the South Fork of the South Platte River
Hartsel Marker Kiosk (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2017
2. Hartsel Marker Kiosk (wide view)
by cattleman Samuel Hartsel, who had come to the mining camp of Hamilton from Pennsylvania in 1860. Having no luck in prospecting for wealth, Hartsel decided to become a rancher in South Park and sell meat to the mining camps. As gold production dwindled in the area, Hartsel lived practically alone in the Park, visited by Ute Indians with whom he traded and remained on friendly terms. (Submitted on September 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Hartsel, Historic Colorado Town.
Hartsel, Colorado, also known as "The Heart of Colorado" due to its location at the geographic center of Colorado, was founded in 1880. Sam Hartsel, a local farmer and rancher, lived in the area and developed the Hartsel hot springs that the area became known for. (Submitted on September 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Hartsel Depot: A Short History.
The Hartsel Depot still stands on the same ground it was built on more than 120 years ago.  The Colorado Midland Railway built the depot in the spring of 1887.  This depot allowed many, if not all of the businesses to import goods and export livestock and hay on the railway.  At the time it was a faster and more efficient way to transport.  A mail and telegraph office were also made available to the small remote town.  The railway brought tourists through the depot to soak in the hot springs,
"Hartsel Jail & Sheriff's Office" (<b><i>behind marker</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2017
3. "Hartsel Jail & Sheriff's Office" (behind marker)
fish, hunt and stay at the hotel.  The depot was the center of the hustle and bustle of this small town in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  (Submitted on September 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
"Welcome to Hartsel" sign (<b><i>across U.S. Highway 24 from marker</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2017
4. "Welcome to Hartsel" sign (across U.S. Highway 24 from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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