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Climax History Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image, Touch for more information
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2017
Climax History Marker (wide view)
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — ClimaxWhere Colorado History is Still Being Made
This place has seen plenty of changes since Charles Senter discovered a deposit of molybdenum on Bartlett Mountain in 1879. In the early days, Climax was a sleepy depot at the top of a railroad grade. But by World War I there was a . . . — Map (db m122841) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Fremont Pass
This memorial is the Property of the State of Colorado Fremont Pass On Continental Divide between Arkansas and Blue River drainages Altitude 11,316 feet Western boundary of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Named in . . . — Map (db m107978) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Highway in the Sky
Colorado 91 is now a well-engineered modern highway, but driving over Fremont Pass wasn't always as safe or convenient as it is today. The silver mining boom created a population of more than 30,000 people in Leadville by 1879, making it the . . . — Map (db m122827) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Life on the High Line
The sound of a train whistle was music to the ears of a miner spending the winter on Fremont Pass. Up until just before World War II, Colorado 91 was a dirt track that was closed six months a year, and the railroad was the mine’s only link with the . . . — Map (db m122839) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — More Than Just a Mine
It's only a memory now, but the community of Climax was once called home by several generations of Colorado mining families. In its early years, Climax struggled to keep quality employees. Cold and snow, isolation and high altitude sent many . . . — Map (db m122837) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Skiing on Top of the World
In the 1940's and 50's, Climax not only had the highest post office and standard-gauge railroad in the nation, but also one of the state's premier ski areas. The trails of the first area in Colorado to be lit for night skiing were located on the . . . — Map (db m122836) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — The Big Shot
One of the most significant technological advances in Climax Mine history was the implementation of block-cave mining in 1927. It cut the production cost of molybdenum in half, keeping the mine open (and profitable) through the grim years of the . . . — Map (db m122838) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — The Highest Compost Pile in the World
Eighty years of mining operations on Fremont Pass disturbed more than five square miles of land and altered the course of a stream. As of 2009, Climax Molybdenum Company had spent nearly $50 million on land reclamation and water treatment. Not a . . . — Map (db m122835) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Top Secret
During World War II, the Fremont Station of the Harvard College Observatory on Ceresco Ridge was strictly off-limits to mine employees. No one knew what went on there. But Mine Superintendent Jack Abrahms regularly left his office so . . . — Map (db m122831) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Water Treatment Protects Downstream Users
By the time Charles Senter staked his claims on Bartlett Mountain in 1879, the trout were gone from Ten Mile Creek. It had been altered by smelting and mining that took place long before Climax began operations. Today, the trout are back. . . . — Map (db m122749) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Climax — Welcome to Climax!
A whole lot of Colorado history has happened right here on top of Fremont Pass. And it all happened because of a metal most people have trouble pronouncing. Molybdenum (moll-ib-den-um) is used to harden steel. More molybdenite ore (the . . . — Map (db m122900) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — 10th Mountain Division MemorialSummit: Tennessee Pass, Co
Memorial 10th Mountain Division World War II In memory of our 990 comrades in arms who gave their lives on the WWII battlefields of Italy and the Aleutian Islands. Campaigns Northern Apennine Mountains, Po Valley, Kiska Major . . . — Map (db m97729) HM WM
Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — David May
The nationwide May Department Stores mercantile empire was born in September, 1877 when David May opened his first store in a tent 300 feet south of this tablet. From 1881 to 1888 the May Store occupied this site, at 318 . . . — Map (db m51809) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — 67 — Healy HouseA Regional State Museum — Property of the State of Colorado
Erected 1878, by August R. Meyer, builder of Leadville’s first reduction works. Given to Leadville Association, 1936, by Nellie Healy, agent for the heirs of Daniel Healy. Presented to the State of Colorado by said association, 1947, and . . . — Map (db m51812) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — John B. "Texas Jack" Omohundro1846-1880
Born in Virginia, Texas Jack came west after the Civil War at age 16 to become a cowboy. He later made a name for himself as a plainsman and U.S. government scout who led the Pawnee Indians on their summer hunts and was guide for such notables as . . . — Map (db m121768) HM
Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — Matchless Mine
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Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — Norwegian Memorial99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) Memorial — Norwegian Operational Groups of the OSS Memorial
World War II United States Army Ski Troopers 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) The Viking Battalion Office of Strategic Services O.S.S. NORSO (Rype Group) Special Forces The 99th Infantry Battalion (SEP) was: Activated 10 . . . — Map (db m112932) HM WM
Colorado (Lake County), Leadville — Office of Stratigic Services (O.S.S.) NORSO (Rype Group) Special Force
The 99th Infantry Battalion (SEP) was: Activated 10 July 1942 at Camp Ripley Minnesota Deactivated 11 November 1945 at Camp Miles Standish, Boston Massachusetts Camp Hale Colorado was the main ski trooper training area located 5 miles north . . . — Map (db m95044) WM

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