Colorado Springs Prospector in Colorado-Springs, Colorado
1 Feb 1980

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1 Feb 1980

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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - February 1, 1980, Colorado Springs, Colorado Kun Kluk klan on Parade in Salida the . Flourished in Colorado during the 1920�?Ts and for a period of time the state Headquarters were in Canon City. Salida had a Strong klan movement and the editor of the Salida mail in a Long article dated october 9,1923 railed against the klan As �?~125 per cent americans thinking they were better than too per cent the Rev. H. Ralph Bizel of the Christian Church preached a Sermon in defense of the klan at the sunday evening service october 7, 1923. The above picture taken at the Corner of third and f streets is from a Post card reprinted by the museum association. Note the sheets Over the horses and automobile. Cleora and South Arkansas were the basis of the town of Salida Hosp Toffi highlights from Early Day newspapers vol. It no. 2_price, four bits,50 recollections from Salida prospectors note Nelly a map dated 1882 cites Cleora Chaffee county established by the Atchison Topeka and Santa be located about 20 Miles South and eight Miles East of Buena Vista on the Arkansas River and the Denver amp Rio Grande Railroad about three Miles Southeast of Salida. Nelly a map of 1883 locates South Arkansas one fifth of a mile East of Salida. The Atchison Topeka and Santa be lost to the Denver amp Rio Grande Railroad the Battle for the route West along the Arkansas River. The d. Amp . Chose not to make Cleora the rail Stop 8/15/1878 the town of Cleora is known to some As the Bales ranch Ouray times. 12/14/1878 a party of Boston capitalists under the auspices of the Atchison Topeka and Santa be says the news have projected the town of Cleora in the Southern part of Lake county at the Forks of the Arkansas River and on the line of Railroad Between Canon and Leadville. Cleora it May be Well to remember is Only 6,500 feet above sea level and within six Miles of the Poncha hot Springs with a temperature of 140 degrees fahrenheit. The first number of the Cleora Sentinel late of Ouray will appear Early in the Spring. The Silver world. 12/21/1878 at the Forks of the Arkansas River is the new town of Cleora. It is by Many Miles the nearest Railroad Supply Point for the immense Mineral regions commencing at the new mines along the South Arkansas eighteen to Twenty five Miles to the Continental Divide thence northward encircling the vast Gunnison and Elk Mountain country abounding in nearly every valuable Mineral and southward to Lake City and the Northern portion of the san Juan country to Ouray and san Miguel which Section is by the Marshall pass and Gunnison toll Road forty eight Miles nearer Cleora than any other Railroad Point. The upper portion of san Luis Valley by poncho pass finds Here an easy outlet while the attractions of the South Arkansas country Are such As few Points can boast. First in addition to mines is a Good agricultural and grazing country settled by Thrifty enterprising people. The Point known by Many As Bales station at the Confluence of the Arkansas Rivers has Long been noted for its healthful and invigorating climate. The Altitude is 6,500 feet above the level of the sea. It is but four and one half Miles from Wellsville hot Springs Down the River and but six Miles from the charming Cluster of hot Springs in poncho pass the temperature of which is 140 degrees fahrenheit. It is Twenty Miles from the Alpine and Hortense mines and the Chalk Creek hot Mineral Springs which Are also highly spoken of by those who have enjoyed the luxury of the Bath. All the streams in this Region abound in Trout. The High sunny plateau or Little Park upon which the town of Cleora is located commands a View of Hunts Antero Shawano Ouray and Princeton peaks each exceeding 14,000 feet in height. Of the locality lieutenant we. L. Marshall of Wheeler expedition in his report of 1876, says a the scenery of this portion is unusually Fine the wide Valley of the Arkansas with the Saguache Range rising abruptly from its Western terraces to Over four thousand feet Altitude massive and Snow crowned. The Sangre de Christo Range As a Spur shooting off from the Saguache Range at Hunts Peak tending around to the Southeast and closing the Valley. The Arkansas plateau with its almost uniform surface and to the North the rounded humps of Buffalo Peak offer to the View the greatest variety of landscape and the gentlest As Well As the most imposing of natural features. The climate is quite mild As evidenced by the number of cacti and other Southern plants which abound Over the surface of the Valley. The town of Cleora was platted by the Arkansas Valley town company who Are the owners of town property along the Atchison and Topeka Road and who secured the official location of a depot for the country mentioned which is quite equal in extent to the state of Indiana. The title is based on recorded government Patent and Many lots Are disposed of and buildings commenced. We look for one of the smartest towns in the Southern portion of our state to Spring up there the coining 9 son. The Denver Tribune. 6/5/1880 William Bale who has been keeping a hotel at the River crossing just below town for several years has concluded to close out and retire from that business. During the last six years Barlow and Sanderson a coaches have been at his place every night. The Mountain mail prospectors note the Book a first mail West by Morris Taylor names the stage Stop one Days journey West out of Canon City As Bales tavern. With the completion of the Railroad to Leadville in the summer of 1886 Barlow and Sanderson sold out unclaimed goods and moved their operation to South Arkansas Salida and on july 24, 1880 began running stage and mail service to Gunnison a 6/12/1880 South Arkansas is the liveliest town in Colorado. Buildings cannot be put up half As fast As they Are needed. The business men of Cleora Are All settling with us. They see that South Arkansas is to be the town and Are governing themselves accordingly. The Gunnison review press. 6/19/1880 a Sanderson amp co. Are now running a daily line of four horse Concord coaches from South Arkansas to Gunnison Over the Marshall pass on arrival of trains Over the d&r..r. The distance is sixty six Miles and the time Only twelve hours leaving the Railroad at 7 . And reaching Here at 7 . Our town will soon be the liveliest Point in the state for the Gunnison table Denver amp Rio Grande . Arrive no. I 7 10 . Arrive no. 3, 6 05 . Depart no. 2,8 20 . Depart no. 4, 7 50 . Barlow amp Sanderson a coaches. For Leadville Buena Vista and Alpine depart at 7 ., and arrive at 6 30, . For Saguache Lake City and Del Norte depart at 7 ., and arrive at 7, . 6/5/1880 the South Arkansas coach passengers leap for their lives 2/13/1903 the Turret stage was thoroughly loaded and two passengers comfortably seated for the journey from Salida to the Thrifty Little mining Camp some fifteen or sixteen Miles Distant at about i of clock last tuesday afternoon and the team was showing signs of excellent spirits when the Driver g. P. Vining took hold of the reins and gave the signal to Start. At that moment one of the lines unbuckled at the end slipped through the Turret and the team seeming to Realise their advantage started on a dead run from the Holman stables Down second Street. In front of the new Telephone building Between f and g streets a lumber pile was encountered and As the team approached and was about to Cross the Driver and passengers concluded to leap from the flying stage coach in order to save themselves from what they town grows in three weeks 6/5/1880 a stranger passing along our Busy streets to Day would hardly think that three weeks ago there was not a stick of Timber on the present town site. The town was Laid out about the Middle of May and the first building was begun by k. B. Van every on front Street near the Bridge. During the first week messes. Van every and Fisher agents of the town company sold ten thousand dollars Worth of lots about nine thousand dollars Worth the second week and during the week just closing the amount will be nearly twelve thousand dollars. Inside lots Are sold for two Hundred dollars and Corners including three numbers for eight Hundred dollars. The demand for Corners has been greater than the Supply As is usual and inside lots have been taken rapidly. The greater portion of ten blocks have already been disposed of and the company expect soon to plat additional ground for residence lots. To Day there Are forty five business houses under Way or completed and nearly As Many More will be begun during this coming week. In addition to those who have purchased and built a number have leased ground for a term of months and erected business House j thereon. About one Hundred and sixty acres have been platted. The streets Cross each other at right angles and with the exception of Railroad Avenue which is two Hundred and Walton Avenue which is eighty Ara sixty feet in Width. The town is located on the right Bank of the Arkansas River about a mile above the Mouth of the South Arkansas. It is one of the prettiest locations for a town that could be found the Park being Large and the ground perfectly level. A ditch tapping the South Arkansas three Miles above us brings water into the town and Side ditches can be run to every lot inside the town limits. This will enable property holders to keep Trees Well irrigated and thus beautify the town. We venture to say that inside of three years our City will equal Colorado Springs in Beauty As it already does in Enterprise. For Beautiful Mountain scenery this place cannot be beaten. Just across the River to the North and East Are the foot Hills covered with patches of vivid Green which present a Beautiful contrast to the Snow covered peaks that we see but a few Miles to the South and West. Standing in Summerland we get the breezes from regions As fresh and healthful As the Frozen seas and have constantly before our eyes a Panorama. Concluded would be almost instant death. Two of the party landed alright and upon invoicing found themselves a scratched. The other a or. Draper however did not fare so Well. He had plunged headlong into the Street striking upon his head and shoulders and had it not been for a heavy Woolen Cap worn his injuries would have been of a More serious nature. As it was or. Draper will be compelled to give some time and attention to cuts and bruises about his head face and hands the team continued on the mad race for a distance of several blocks Down second Street and was eventually stopped before any further damage resulted. The Salida mail. Salida 7/24/1180 Salida is a Spanish word and Means outlet. This Point is the outlet for the numerous mining Camps Over the Range and on the South Arkansas River and our town is to be hereafter known As Salida. It is an appropriate name is a very pretty name and is much Shorter and therefore More convenient than the old name of South Arkansas. We believe in Short names and we think our people should thank governor Hunt who christened the town for his kindness in giving us Salida instead of South Arkansas. The latter name was Only a temporary affair As it was the governors intention in the Start to give this town a Short and appropriate name and one that is not common in All parts of the United states. It is a sure thing that our town will not be confounded with any other in the country. The next thing in order now is to get the name of the Post office changed. We Hope the postmaster general will be kind enough to adopt Salida As the name of our office. He objected to South Arkansas because it was a double name but we presume he will be satisfied with Salida. For the Benefit of All concerned we will say that the word is pronounced Sah Lee Dah. The a Iida mail. As a business Point South Arkansas has Many advantages. Being on the line of the Denver and Rio Grande railway it has direct communication with All outside Points. This is now and will be until a Railroad crosses the Range the shipping Point for the Gunnison country Lake City and the mining Camps of Hinsdale county Ouray and adjoining Camps and will get a Good share of the Trade and travel for the Rico Carbonate Fields and of Saguache and the Northern portion of san Luis Valley. In addition to this Are the numerous prosperous Camps toward the head of the South Arkansas River. For these latter this is their Only shipping Point. There Are several thousand acres of agricultural land in this Valley which when fully developed will sustain a town of considerable importance. The distances from South Arkansas to neighbouring Points Are As follows Poncha Springs which will some Day rival Manitou As a pleasure resort five Miles Maysville eleven Miles Arbor Ville sixteen Miles Alpine Twenty five Miles Buena Vista Twenty Miles. It is sixty Miles to Gunnison City one Hundred and ten to Lake City sixty to Canon City one Hundred to Pueblo sixty five to Leadville and two Hundred and Twenty to Denver. The South Arkansas mail. 7/24/1880 the Bridge on f Street is nearly completed. People can now walk from the South end of town to the depot without being compelled to trave half a mile or More than they should. By the Middle of next week teams can Cross. The Salida mail. A a 7/24/1880 the new ditch will reach the town limits in a few Days. R the Salida mail. A a 7/24/1880 Robinson and Ramsdell have added a first class Barber shop to their establishment. The instruments will be manipulated by professors Well up in the Art. The Salida mail

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