Rico in Dolores County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Rico area was originally inhabited by natives including the Utes. In the 1700ís Spanish explorers were in the area. In 1833, trappers like W. Walton of the St. Louis Fur Co., came and reported remains of Spanish smelters. Mining began about 1860. In the mid 1870ís the Utes cede the area to the U.S. by treaty.
Frenzied activity began and many profitable claims were staked, including ten in 1877. D. Swickheimer opened the Enterprise Mine, the most successful mine in the areaís history. At its peak in 1892 Rico boasted 5000 residents, 23 saloons, 2 churches and 88 active mines. The railroad came in 1891 but the silver crash of 1893 ended Ricoís first boom.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 41.665′ N, 108° 1.906′ W. Marker is in Rico, Colorado, in Dolores County. Marker is on 145, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rico CO 81332, United States of America.
More about this marker. The Rico, Colorado historical marker is a bronze plaque mounted on a mine car at the Atlantic Cable Mine location.
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