Calvary Presbyterian Church of Pine River
89 E. Mill Street
Ground was broken for the foundation of the church on April 16, 1898; the building was first used for services eleven months later, on March 15, 1899. The lots were donated by W. . . . — — Map (db m160512) HM
In January of 1914, L. E. Jenkins bought the lot at the corner of Mill and Pearl Streets. In February he started construction on this building and hired J. M. Lail as his contractor. According to the Bayfield Blade, L. E. Jenkins was in his new . . . — — Map (db m160497) HM
In 1911, this building was constructed to house the Farmers and Merchants Bank. J. M. Lail and son S. A. Lail contracted to construct the building. During the early 1920s, Dr. E. W. Newland constructed an adjacent building sharing the east wall of . . . — — Map (db m160510) HM
This property was owned by Warren Schiller, co-founder of Bayfield. In 1898, the property was leased to F. M. Anderson, upon which he built a restaurant. A photograph from the 1910s shows a false-front wood frame building with clapboard siding on . . . — — Map (db m160557) HM
H.C. Schroder bought [this] property at the end of 1899 and by 1900-1901 he had constructed a flour mill and a retail store on the property; it is likely that he built this house at the same time. The Beach family owned this house from June 1925 . . . — — Map (db m160496) HM
57 W. Mill Street
The August 3, 1911 edition of the Bayfield Blade reported the completion of the "Hotel Central." This photo shows the building originally had wood clapboard siding, a wood shingle roof, and a covered . . . — — Map (db m160490) HM
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64 W. Mill Street
(Second from left)
The November 7, 1901 Durango Democrat reported that H. C. "Schroeder" was building a new storehouse in Bayfield; this is the west half of this building. Between 1910 and 1919, additions . . . — — Map (db m160471) HM
Originated on the site of a U.S. Cavalry post established in 1880 at Hesperus. From 1891 until 1956 the old fort was operated as an Indian school, a vocational high school and a junior college.
The first president of the college was Charles . . . — — Map (db m22765) HM
Captain Charles H. Baker, who discovered gold in the San Juan in 1860, led a party of prospectors to this area in 1861. They placer mined on El Rio de las Animas, built the first bridge (300 feet north), and established the town called Animas . . . — — Map (db m177471) HM
Dedicated to Charles E. Bradshaw Jr. who established the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Mr. Bradshaw saved the Silverton branch of the Denver & Rio Grande Western from abandonment in 1981 and preserved the Railroad as a National Historic . . . — — Map (db m71079) HM
Residents of La Plata County came forward time and again to meet the challenges presented by the fires. Each person became a hero in his or her own way.
As days turned into weeks, La Plata County fell victim to the fire. Where you are now . . . — — Map (db m160441) HM
has been designated a
under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating or illustrating
the history of the United . . . — — Map (db m160243) HM
A majority of the buildings visible in this photo were destroyed in the fire of 1889. The nearest block featured a wide variety of businesses, including the Grand Central Livery, the building on the right. A look down Main shows smelter smoke . . . — — Map (db m160299) HM
The Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437 (distance in miles from Denver, Colorado), provided an important river crossing in the Denver and Rio Grande's (D&RG) route to Denver. The Union Bridge Company fabricated the Pratt through-truss bridge in . . . — — Map (db m177463) HM
In 1915, here at 10th and Main 20 year old Colorado native Jack Dempsey the “Manassa Mauler” knocksdown [sic] Andy Malloy in a ten round fight winning $50 and going on to become world heavyweight champion in 1919. — — Map (db m51813) HM
This man-caused forest fire burned 26,000 acres consuming approximately 150,000,000 board-feet of timber. Reforestation by direct seeding and planting of seedling trees was started in 1911 and continues today.
The project was financed by federal . . . — — Map (db m58966) HM
Even though this land was Ute territory, the upper Animas River Valley was first settled by prospectors in the spring of 1860. Charles Baker, returning from the mines north of Silverton, established "Old Animas City" and built the first bridge . . . — — Map (db m177468) HM
The first Rocky Mountain
Chocolate Factory was opened
on this site in May 1981. With
the support of the people of
Durango and her visitors,
Rocky Mountain Chocolate
Factory, Inc. has grown to
become an international
franchisor with . . . — — Map (db m160240) HM
Disturbances like fire, insects, and disease help maintain diversity in a forest by creating a mosaic of vegetation. Without disturbances, forest are less resilient and less healthy.
Fire helps create the scenic variety, particularly the aspen . . . — — Map (db m160444) HM
The large building in the foreground is Durango's first high school. Above it is the new La Plata County Courthouse. The Boulevard, today's Third Avenue, is the street running between the two. The Ladies' Literary Society planted trees in the . . . — — Map (db m160451) HM
On the afternoon of June 9, 2002, a human-caused spark ignited the Missionary Ridge Fire, and a new chapter in the history of our community began.
On June 25, firefighters were further taxed when the Valley Fire started in the Falls Creeks . . . — — Map (db m160439) HM
Built in 1892 by Senator Charles Newman, pioneer merchant, miner and legislator. He maintained his office here until his death in 1906.
Major Daniel L. Sheets, cattleman and member of Colorados second state legislature, operated the U.S. Land . . . — — Map (db m51814) HM
Trails & Passes
The Colorado Rocky Mountains, appearing as a formidable barrier, have trails over almost all 260 passes.
A trail is a corridor between two places: usually a network of paths that meet at certain key points, such as river . . . — — Map (db m153407) HM
From 1872 until 1882, when the railroad reached Silverton, Stony Pass was the vital link between the San Juan mining districts and supply towns to the east.
A practical but tough route from Del Norte ran up the Rio Grande over . . . — — Map (db m153409) HM
On August 10, 1776, there passed by here the expedition of Fathers Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante with eight companions. They were seeking a route to link the long established missions of New Mexico with Monterey, the . . . — — Map (db m71613) HM
In 1776, Franciscan Fathers Francisco Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante, and eight companions explored what is now western Colorado, Utah, and northern Arizona as men of peace.
In August 1776, Fathers Dominquez and Escalante and a . . . — — Map (db m153334) HM
In 1776, Franciscan Fathers, Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Excalante and eight companions, explored what is now southern Colorado, Utah, and northern Arizona, as men of peace.
Between August and December, 1776, Dominguez . . . — — Map (db m153336) HM
Between 1800 and 1850, the Old Spanish Trail became a regional trade route between Santa Fe and California.
Dominguez and Escalante traveled through this valley in 1776. Within twenty-five years of their expedition this trail became a . . . — — Map (db m71614) HM