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Historical Markers and War Memorials in La Plata County, Colorado

 
Clickable Map of La Plata County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg La Plata County, CO (29) Archuleta County, CO (6) Dolores County, CO (7) Hinsdale County, CO (0) Montezuma County, CO (61) San Juan County, CO (0) San Juan County, NM (20)  LaPlataCounty(29) La Plata County (29)  ArchuletaCounty(6) Archuleta County (6)  DoloresCounty(7) Dolores County (7)  HinsdaleCounty(0) Hinsdale County (0)  MontezumaCounty(61) Montezuma County (61)  SanJuanCounty(0) San Juan County (0)  SanJuanCountyNew Mexico(20) San Juan County (20)
Adjacent to La Plata County, Colorado
    Archuleta County (6)
    Dolores County (7)
    Hinsdale County (0)
    Montezuma County (61)
    San Juan County (0)
    San Juan County, New Mexico (20)
 
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1Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 4 — Bayfield Churches — Calvary Presbyterian Church of Pine River, Union Church, Free Methodist Church — Bayfield Walking Tour Stop 4 —
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
2Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 1 — Bayfield Drug Store — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 1 — 11 West Mill Street —
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
3Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 2 — Farmers & Merchant[s] Bank — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 2 — 15 E. Mill Street —
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
4Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 6 — Glenn Bros General Store — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 6 — 24 E. Mill Street —
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
5Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 8 — H.C. Schroder House — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 8
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
6Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 9 — Hotel Central & Akers Motor Co. Garage — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 9
Hotel Central 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
7Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 3 — Newland House and Presbyterian Manse — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 3
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8Colorado (La Plata County), Bayfield — 7 — Schroder Store / Coulson Bros. — Bayfield Historic Walking Tour Stop 7
Schroder Store 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
9Colorado (La Plata County), Breen — [Old] Fort Lewis College
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
10Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Bradshaw Circle — Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad — National Historic Landmark —
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
11Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Community of Heroes
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
12Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark 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
13Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — 6 — Early Durango circa 1889
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
14Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Jack Dempsey
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
15Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — La Plata County Freedom Trees
. . . — Map (db m160433) HM
16Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Lime Creek Burn 1879
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
17Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Main St., Durango circa 1890
[Title is text] — Map (db m160242) HM
18Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Old Main Post Office Professional Building — Restored 1985
Built in 1929, this building served Durango for 49 years as the Main Post Office and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Buildings. — Map (db m160303) HM
19Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
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
20Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Seasons of Healing
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
21Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — 17 — Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountain — circa mid-1890s
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
22Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Summer of Flames
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
23Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — The Newman Block — Historic site
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 Colorado’s second state legislature, operated the U.S. Land . . . — Map (db m51814) HM
24Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Trails to Rails — Routes to Southwest Colorado 1
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
25Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Trails to Rails — Routes to Southwest Colorado 2
Stony Pass • 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
26Colorado (La Plata County), Hesperus — Dominguez - Escalante Expedition
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
27Colorado (La Plata County), Hesperus — Dominguez & Escalante
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
28Colorado (La Plata County), Hesperus — Dominguez and Escalante
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
29Colorado (La Plata County), Hesperus — The Old Spanish Trail
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
 
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