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Historical Markers in Durango, 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 (32) Archuleta County, CO (6) Dolores County, CO (7) Hinsdale County, CO (9) Montezuma County, CO (62) San Juan County, CO (51) San Juan County, NM (28)  LaPlataCounty(32) La Plata County (32)  ArchuletaCounty(6) Archuleta County (6)  DoloresCounty(7) Dolores County (7)  HinsdaleCounty(9) Hinsdale County (9)  MontezumaCounty(62) Montezuma County (62)  SanJuanCounty(51) San Juan County (51)  SanJuanCountyNew Mexico(28) San Juan County (28)
Durango is the county seat for La Plata County
Durango is in La Plata County
      La Plata County (32)  
ADJACENT TO LA PLATA COUNTY
      Archuleta County (6)  
      Dolores County (7)  
      Hinsdale County (9)  
      Montezuma County (62)  
      San Juan County (51)  
      San Juan County, New Mexico (28)  
 
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1Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Baker's Bridge
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
2Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Bradshaw CircleDurango 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
3Colorado (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
4Colorado (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
5Colorado (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
6Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Florida River Railroad Bridge No. 437
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
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7Colorado (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
8Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — La Plata County Freedom Trees
. . . Map (db m160433) HM
9Colorado (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
10Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Main St., Durango circa 1890
[Title is text]Map (db m160242) HM
11Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Old Main Post Office Professional BuildingRestored 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
12Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Pinkerton Hot Springs
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
13Colorado (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
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14Colorado (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
15Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — 17 — Southern Durango with views of Smelter Mountaincirca 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
16Colorado (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
17Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — The Newman BlockHistoric 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
18Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Trails to RailsRoutes 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
19Colorado (La Plata County), Durango — Trails to RailsRoutes 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
 
 
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Dec. 4, 2022