Colorado, Vintage Images circa 1900 (2018 Calendar)
A century ago Silverton was a town of a few dusty streets and a steam engine could take your train to the top of Pike’s Peak. Colorado, Vintage Images circa 1900 will take you back to an era when the mountains were stunning, but before automobiles drove through them.
Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 edition opens to 13.75 by 20.5 inches.
Places featured in the 2018 Colorado, Vintage Images circa 1900 include:
Heart of the Rockies
The Rocky Mountains have been little changed during the past century
Battle Mountain Mines, Cripple Creek
The last great Colorado gold rush began after high quality ore was discovered in Cripple Creek in 1890. In three years the population increased from 500 to 10,000 people. Today the mines are largely shuttered, but some extraction continues on a small scale.
The Devil’s Slide
A dramatic granite dome, the Devil’s Slide near Colorado Springs is today a popular rock-climbing destination.
Sultan Mountain provides a 13,373-foot backdrop to the town of Silverton. A former silver mining camp, the town boasted 1,300 residents in 1900. Today that number is only about 531. Instead of mining, most people come as tourists to visit the Silverton Historic District. They often arrive via the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a designated National Historic Landmark.
The Animas River flows beneath the Needle Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The Rio de las Animas was originally named in 1765 by Spanish explorer Juan Maria de Rivera. The Needles, a sub-range of the San Juan Mountains, are among the most rugged in the state.
Pike’s Peak Cog Railway
In 1889, entrepreneur Zalmon Simmons determined to build a cog railway to reach the summit of Pike’s Peak, at 14,115 feet the tallest mountain in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Specially built Baldwin steam locomotives finally reached the summit in 1891. Though steam service has ended, the railway now operates railcars made by the Swiss Locomotive Works from its station in Manitou Springs.
Lake San Cristobal is located in the San Juan Mountains at an elevation of 9,003 feet. The town of Lake City takes its name from the lake. The area enjoyed a mining boom during the late 1800s, but declined thereafter. In 1978, Lake City’s long history earned the town a designation on the National Register of Historic Places.
The mining town of Ouray was incorporated in 1876 and named after Chief Ouray of the Native American Ute tribe. Significant gold deposits were discovered in 1877 and, eventually, more than 30 mines operated in Uray. The arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1887 made shipping efficient and by 1902 the Camp Bird Mine in Uray had produced more than one million ounces of gold.
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde
Cliff Palace is an Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling in the southwestern corner of Colorado that was apparently abandoned in about 1300. Cliff Palace was rediscovered in 1888 by ranchers who grazed cattle in the area. President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park in 1906 to protect the site and its artifacts.
The dramatic granite slabs of Cathedral Spires Park have attracted visitors for decades. The formation is located about 25 miles from Denver. The park is also notable as a nesting location for Peregrine falcons and is closed on March first each year to accommodate the raptors.
Red Mountain is a collection of peaks in western Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The high level of iron ore in the mountain’s stone oxidizes to the red color that makes them distinctive.
Mount of the Holy Cross
Mount of the Holy Cross takes its name from the cross-shaped snowfield that develops on its northeast face. The mountain is located in the northern Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Popularized through paintings and a poem, The Cross of Snow, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in the 19th century, the mountain is no longer widely recognized today.