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Climax in Lake County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Fremont Pass

 
 
Freemont Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
1. Freemont Pass Marker
Inscription.
This memorial is the
Property of the State of Colorado

Fremont Pass

On Continental Divide between
Arkansas and Blue River drainages

Altitude 11,316 feet

Western boundary of the Louisiana
Purchase of 1803.
Named in honor of John C. Fremont,
famous western explorer

Erected by
The State Historical Society of Colorado
from
The Mrs. J. N. Hall Foundation
and by
The mount Massive Chapter, Daughters of
The American Revolution, of Leadville,
1930

 
Erected 1930 by State Historical Society of Colorado & Massive Chapter, Daughters of
The American Revolution.
 
Location. 39° 22.096′ N, 106° 11.317′ W. Marker is in Climax, Colorado, in Lake County. Marker is on State Highway 91, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located adjacent to "Fremont Pass" highway sign, on west side of Colorado highway 91. Marker is in this post office area: Climax CO 80429, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Top Secret (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Climax! (about 300 feet
Fremont Pass Marker & Highway Sign image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
2. Fremont Pass Marker & Highway Sign
away); Kokomo Masonic Lodge (approx. 1˝ miles away); 10th Mountain Division Memorial (approx. 6˝ miles away); Office of Stratigic Services (O.S.S.) NORSO (Rype Group) Special Force (approx. 6.6 miles away); Norwegian Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away); Construction of Camp Hale (approx. 8˝ miles away); Matchless Mine (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Climax.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fremont Pass Colorado.
The pass is named for John C. Frémont, an explorer of the American West who discovered the pass while traversing present-day Colorado during the 1840s. The pass provides a route between the upper valley of the Blue River, a tributary of the Colorado River, with the headwaters of the Arkansas River to the south. The pass summit is the site of Climax Mine, a molybdenum mine. (Submitted on August 31, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. John C. Frémont, American explorer, military officer, and politician.
John Charles Frémont (born January 21, 1813, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.—died July 13, 1890, New York,
Freemont Pass Marker (<b><i>wide view</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
3. Freemont Pass Marker (wide view)
New York), American military officer and an early explorer and mapmaker of the American West, who was one of the principal figures in opening up that region to settlement and was instrumental in the U.S. conquest and development of California. He was also a politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1856 as the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party. (Submitted on August 31, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. 1994 Mining History Association Tour  .
Today this is Colorado ski country with famous resorts of Breckenridge, Vail, and Copper Mountain to name just a few. At the top of the pass is the famous Climax Molybdenum Mine.  At one time it was the largest underground mine in the U. S.  It was nearly the sole source of “moly,” so critical to the World War II effort.  (Submitted on August 31, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationRoads & VehiclesWar, World II
 
Fremont Pass Marker (<b><i>USDA seal beside marker</b></i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
4. Fremont Pass Marker (USDA seal beside marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 98 times since then. Last updated on September 5, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 31, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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