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

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1 Mar 1980

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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - March 1, 1980, Colorado Springs, Colorado 9/28/1885 the Denver Utah and Pacific Railroad was projected to tap the Coal Fields lying North of the state capital Rich and extensive bodies of Granite Sandstone and Limerick with extensive tracts of Timber land with a score or More of sawmills and furnishing millions of feet of lumber and also a Rich agricultural and fruit growing Section in the same Section. The results of the undertaking have demonstrated the foresight and sagacity of the projectors and today its length and Cost there is no More valuable feeder to the business of Denver. It a Brilliant prospective future and under the present conservative prudent management it is rapidly building up and stimulating various Industrial enterprises along its route of which this article will to the death 7/1/1902 Lyons colo., july i word was brought to Lyons this morning by John Imhoff a Timber Cutter and Sawmill Man that a a dad . Allen was murdered some time last night. As As can be Learned Allens death was the a rumination of a bitter quarrel that had been in Progress Between the Timber men and Farmers in this Section some time. Allen also a Sawmill Man. Was returning Home from Mill about 7 of clock last evening accompanied by John Imhoff and a Man named Meyers. They met Gus Pflum at the latter a ranch about fifteen Miles West of this City. The men were unable to proceed owing to a Bridge across a Large Creek having been burned. Allen became very angry and said he knew the Bridge had been destroyed by the Pflum Brothers. When asked about the Bridge the Pflum Brothers admitted firing the Structure. The discussion was growing very warm when Gus Pflum went to House and soon appeared on the scene with a Winchester Rifle. Allen carried a gun and As soon As the Pflum brother appeared with Rifle a Duel ensued Between the two men. Some Twenty shots were exchanged during which time Imhoff and Meyers disappeared. Early this morning Imhoff returned to the scene of last nights trouble and found Allens dead body lying near the burned Bridge. He immediately came to Lyons and told of the trouble. As the shooting occurred in Larimer county the sheriff and Coroner at fort Collins were notified and will investigate. Pflum is said to have left the country. His brother Peter was seen about the place this morning but refused to talk about the matter. The dead Man had been engaged in the Sawmill business in this Section several years. He leaves a brother in Alliance neb., and on in Council Bluffs Iowa. He was a member of the masonic Lodge at Oxford neb. His wife died in this City a year ago. The Denver times. At present the length of the Road is forty four Miles extending from Denver to Lyons. The Lyons town company was organized at the time when it was expected that a Railroad would reach this Point during the year. A town site of 160 acres was taken up under the statutes governing such locations and 120 acres were added by Purchase. But railroads do not always build when and where they expected and there was no exception in this Case. It was Only during the first week in september that another line succeeded in laying its rails to Lyons and making valuable the Long worthless charter. The present company have a very valuable property and engaged in developing the natural features which they Well prepared. A Stone Structure which was erected several years ago will be converted into a hotel. It is two stories in height and floor capacity of about 3,000 Square feet. It will be completed in time to accommodate the tourist travel of the coming season. The Groves lining the St. Vrain will be cleared of underbrush and boulders furnished with seats swings and tables picnic parties Ana every facility afforded the accommodation of transient guests. The water is pure As nature makes it fuel May be had cutting and hauling. The scenery comprises Mountain and Plain and is of the most exquisite character. Trout fishing is Good in the St. Vrain Thompson and their branches and the numerous lakes in the Valley within a few Miles. A cold White Sulphur Spring flowing about ten inches of water of medium medicinal strength is within two and a half Miles of the town on the line of the Road. Taken altogether the town very Superior advantages. A the business of the town and the various enterprises is offered As follows Lyons town company . Putnam manager William Flanders superintendent and Surveyor . Rice local agent Denver Utah and Pacific Railroad . Mcfadden postmaster . Lyon Justice of the peace . Wilcox agent Lyons and Estes Park stage and express company . Gilbert proprietor w m. Hubbel agent general store . Thorne blacksmiths John Wilson and . Thorne Saloon 7/31/1902 by order of the committee on streets alleys and Bridges i am instructed to notify All owners of property that they must immediately clean up the alleys in the rear of their lots. Please take heed As i will see that this order is enforced. W m. Thorne. The Lyons recorder. Photo Courtesy Denver Public Library Western history. The old swimming Hole a a nature lovers stands on a Rock above the St. Vrain River. The old Stone Church and the school House can be seen in the background placing the Date of the picture after 1902. The two Story building left was the Burlington hotel later moved in two sections to main Street. Two stages run daily from Lyons 6/25/1899 -. The morning train from Denver arrives at Lyons just before noon the stages the Estes Park leaving after one had an excellent dinner at the Lyons House a Well kept hotel conducted by mrs d d or Alpine. Wife of the genial agent of the Burlington who is never too Busy to give any information the stranger May desire to Render him assistance. Two stage lines run daily to Estes Park the Hubbell line which goes As As Elkhorn Lodge and Richards amp Edwards mail stage formerly Sprague which makes All Points in Estes Park and goes on to Willow Park five Miles beyond. Accommodating management careful driving Strong horses and solid but not cumbersome stages make the Overland trip a delightful one. A Short distance out of Lyons in the shadows of the Long Steamboat Mountain the St. Vrain cottages of . Howe a pleasant resort near the River which is patronized by those who desire a comfortable summer Home without going to the higher Altitude of the mountains. Four Miles out and half a mile from the Park Road is William Welches ranch located on the Rushing St. Vrain River in a Beautiful spot. A number of cottages besides the ranch House furnish excellent the Comfort and pleasure of the guests. Still farther up the St. Vrain is another popular resort arbuckles mrs. Arbuckle widow of the late Frank Arbuckle owns 940 acres of land and commodious quarters the entertainment of visitors. Estes Park is reached from Lyons by a glorious stage ride Over a smooth toll Road that alternately ascends and descends Twenty three Miles first following the St. Vrain River and then the Little Thompson Creek through mulches and Glens Over commanding passes on the Mountain Heights and into Lovely valleys past trickling Brooks and Mountain torrents cattle ranches and cultivated Fields. It is possible that in the not Distant future a railway will meander up Muggins Gulch and through Estes Park crossing the Range Northwest of Moraine and Over into the undeveloped Region of natures Richness in North Park. The plans this project were recently set Forth in an article in the times. The Denver times. A ft/11 Imi juice a ill Rood from Lyons to Balart up the South St. Vrain 7 3/4 Miles will be received up to november to 1891. Bids opened on the Lith 1891. Any or All subject to rejection. By order of the Lyons amp Balart Short line Stock co. For further information inquire or correspond with or. O. M. Burhans . Lyon Chas Bradford the Longmont Ledger. 6/13/1899 fort Collins colo., june 13. In the District court Chambers Here the Case of the people of the state of Colorado on relation of Abner e. Sprague is. The Lyons and Estes Park toll Road company is being heard before judge Boughten. The plaintiff asks the exclusion of the defendant company from All corporate rights privileges and franchises that the corporation be dissolved that it continued on Page 3. Photo Courtesy Lyons historical society. Father of Lyons Edward s. Lyon lived in Lyons from 1880-1895 and was Active in Community affairs until disillusioned by business reverses he moved to san Diego. This picture was taken san Diego in 1920 when or. Lyon was 80 years old. And billiards Hubert Eddy school directors . Lyon William Sites and William Sosey hotel . Lyon Lime burning . Case. The St. Vrain Stream is of inestimable value to Northern Colorado irrigation. Within a distance of two Miles from the Mouth of the main Canon seven canals or ditches taken out As follows Beaver capacity 1,000 inches Palmerton 1,200 rough and ready 10,000 inches Highland 25,000 Supply 10,000 Reese amp Stiles 300 swede 1,200 total 48,-500 inches. In addition a number of smaller ditches fed from the Stream. From the eminences in the rear of the town of Lyons the East Ward course of the River is plainly to be seen Many Miles and easily traced by the vivid Green of the Trees. Thousands of acres useless except grazing to the West North and East of Longmont have been brought under cultivation and this land is the most Fertile and productive in the state. The St. Vrain hotel was originally constructed a farm House by Captain Lyon but on the change of the route of travel to Estes Park he and mrs. Lyon decided to accommodate the numerous tourists to that celebrated summer resort. They christened the stopping place Putnam hotel and hundreds of travellers have kindly remembrances of the kindly care of the agreeable hosts. The House is in a Fine Grove surrounded by ample lawns and is on the Banks of the swiftly rolling murmuring St. Vrain. In the season game Mountain Trout always to be found in abundance on the table making it a popular As Well a pleasant stopping place. Specimens of the building Stone submitted in Competition to the building commissioners of the state Capitol building were subjected to the following tests. The Sample cubes were first soaked Twenty four hours in water then put in a tin Box and Frozen by Salt and ice the thermometer was suddenly brought to Zero and specimens were allowed to remain at this Point Twenty four hours then put into a room at the temperature of 180 degrees and there allowed to remain Twenty four hours. Details of St. Vrain Stone color Light red cube from the bed position 2 inches by 2.01 strength of specimen in pounds 46,250 specific Gravity 2,393 weight of one cubic foot in pounds 139,731 ratio of absorption in ten minutes .023. Under the pressure adopted the specimen broke suddenly into wedge like pieces. In comparison with thirty seven samples of building Stone from Colorado quarries the St. Vrain Stone stood the tests equally As Well As any. It is estimated that there is More than two thousand acres of land overlaying these quarries and that thousands of car loads can be taken out. It lies in layers from two inches in thickness to four feet thick and is suitable All purposes which Stone can be used. The Lime ledges very accessible and the manufactured article meets with great favor wherever it been used. A Large number of kilns now in operation. Or. . Case an experienced Lime Burner being the principal operator. There nine saw Mills tributary to Lyons station which have a capacity when run on full time of nearly fifty thousand feet per Day. Besides the sawed Timber there vast quantities of Fence posts fire Wood mine timbers and Telegraph poles which will seek an outlet in this direction. The Rocky Mountain news. Historical highlights from Early Day newspaper Colorado territory Price four bits Boom town vol. Ii no. 3 Lyons

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