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Dolores in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Big Bend and McPhee

 
 
Big Ben and McPhee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Houdek
1. Big Ben and McPhee Marker
Inscription. In 1776 the year of our independence, a family was led by two Catholic priests, father Dominguez and Escalante. They camped in a meadow on the Dolores River which in 105 years became the town of Big Bend. Big Bend had several saloons, a saw mill, a hotel, two general merchants, a meat company and the Office of Land. Big Bend was abandoned in 1891, when the narrow gauge railroad reached the area.

In 1926 the logging town of McPhee was established. It was abandoned in 1948, when a major fire destroyed the entire mill. The town was situated 11 miles south of Dolores, where the present McPhee Dam is located. Of the three settlements, Dolores is the only one left.
 
Erected 1999 by Al Packer Chapter No. 100, Matt Warner Chapter No. 1900, Lost Dutchman Chapter No. 5917+4, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 28.253′ N, 108° 31.058′ W. Marker is in Dolores, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on County Road 28, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Dolores Cemetery entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Dolores CO 81323, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3
Big Ben and McPhee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Houdek
2. Big Ben and McPhee Marker
other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mancos Valley (approx. 12.9 miles away); Natural Seep Springs (approx. 13.5 miles away); A Monument to Time (approx. 13.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Big Ben and McPhee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Houdek
3. Big Ben and McPhee Marker
Cemetery located just behind plaque monument.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 59 times this year. Last updated on February 9, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2011, by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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