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

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1 Nov 1980

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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - November 1, 1980, Colorado Springs, Colorado Historical highlights from Early Day newspaper vol. Ii no. Ii Colorado territory Price four bits 60608 of admit ads 0100 3av 3iliiv7d 3 07 a Silva 3 Aida vhf founder of san Juan Gold killed by indians photo Courtesy Center of Southwest studies it. Lewis Pekins Peak engine at Durango with the strater hotel in the background the engine of the Boston Coal and fuel company railway a poses along with the Crew. The Penns Peak line 4.7 Miles joined the Rio grand Southern 2.8 Miles West of Durango. Serving the Coal mines at Penns Peak the line was completed in 1901 and abandoned in 1926. Tiie Railroad arrives Durango celebrates 2/19/1881 Chama february 12. Track laying on the Denver amp Rio Grande Road is now done by Hammond amp Hendricks a Utah firm and is progressing very satisfactorily. The difficulties arising from the Large amount of Snow Are very great but with better weather the work will move More rapidly. There Are Between 1,500 and 2.000 men employed As a construction Force. The Grade is nearly completed for a distance of seventy five Miles West of Chama and it is confidently expected that the rails will be into Durango by the Early Days of May. The Silverton la Plata Miner. 4/30/1881 the Denver amp Rio Grande has completed arrangements for importing ten thousand labourers from France for the purpose of working on its extensions. The labourers Are under a corps of native engineers. The Silverton la Plata Miner. 6/16/1881 on sunday june 12th, the san Juan division of the Denver amp Rio Grande railway was opened for passenger and freight traffic to Arboles 402 Miles from Denver and Only forty eight Miles to Durango. On the same Date the Eagle River Branch was opened to cranes Park 283 Miles from Denver and eighteen Miles from red Cliff. On sunday june 12th, a slight change of time occurred on All divisions. Express trains leave Denver daily for the South West and East at 8 a m. And 3 and 7 30 ., arrive at Denver at 6 55 and 11 50 a.m., and 8 By the Extension of the san Juan division As indicated above the passenger rates to Durango Are reduced five dollars making the through rate from Denver $40 and from Pueblo $35. The travelling Public will not be slow to appreciate the advantages of distance time and rates implied by these changes. The Rosita Sierra journal. 6/25/1881 the track of the d. Amp . Railroad is now within 35 Miles of Durango. Track laying is progressing at the rate of a mile and a half per Day. The track will be Laid to Durango by the 15th of july and within Twenty five Miles of Silverton by the 15th of August. The Silverton la Plata Miner. 7/23/1881 owing to the Scarcity of White labor in la Plata county Peter j. Keegan. Esq., contractor on the Silverton Branch of the Denver amp Rio Grande Railroad has gone to St. Louis to secure 800 coloured labourers to work on his contract up Animas Canon ten Miles South of Silverton. Contractors Are offering $2.50 per Day but Are unable to get men at any Price. Loads of men Are brought in daily by employers under contract to work on the Railroad but As soon As they get there they desert them and flee to the Hills where they expect to find a Bonanza. The Silverton la Plata Miner. 7/28/1881 or. Charles Walker of Durango has been employed by the Rio Grande railway company to build All of the station houses Section houses and water tanks on the line of the san Juan and Silverton divisions. Or. Walker is an experienced and skillful builder and will do honest and substantial work. He will probably make his Headquarters in Durango. The Durango Herald. 7/28/1881 one of our local exchanges advises the Public that the a execution committee will have general charge of the coming railway Celebration. We Trust that none of our Eastern friends will be frightened at this. No harm is intended. It is wholly attributable to the fact that our contemporary read proof by ear. The Durango Herald. 7/28/1881 the Silverton delegation to the forthcoming railway Celebration at Durango will be limited Only by the number of her population As it is the intention to come Down from there in Masse to assist in celebrating an event of such importance to Silverton. The arrival of the Rio Grande railway brings with it the key that will unlock natures treasure vaults materially assist in bringing Forth san Juan a wealth and thus give luxury ease and Comfort to men who have suffered hardships and privations in developing the Mineral resources of our prosperous state. The Durango Herald a 7/28/1881 a complaint comes to the Herald that a formal invitation has not been sent to the authorities at Animas City to participate in Durango a Jubilee next week. This is a mistake. The chairman of the executive committee advises us that invitations have been forwarded to Animas and that the people of that town will be warmly welcomed to Durango on Celebration Day. The Durango Herald. 7/28/1881 the railway will not extend North or West of Durango for the present. The track layers will All be sent to work on the Gunnison Extension for a month or so. Then work will be resumed with great Energy at this Point. The Durango Herald. 7/28/1881 the two men injured last week by the explosion up the River at railway Camp no. I. Are slowly recovering. Hie Durango Herald. 7/28/1881 governor a. C. Hunt of the Denver amp Rio Grande railway company and a heavy stockholder in the Durango town company will be in Durango tomorrow. The question relating to the leased grounds West of Railroad Street will hence probably soon be decided. It is Likely that the leases will at least temporarily be renewed. The Durango Herald. 7/28/1881 the Iron horse arrived in Durango about five of clock yesterday afternoon. A Large crowd gathered soon after at the Corner of g and Railroad streets to witness the driving of the Silver Spike. The assembled people were called to order by mayor Taylor. Hon. Eugene Engley in a few Well chosen remarks stated the object of the meeting. Our reporter was too far Remote to catch his exact language but heard enough to know that his speech was Apt and fitting in All respects. The Silver Spike was then driven Home by the Well directed blows of mayor Taylor in the immediate presence of the members of the common Council. Or. Mckinnie of Moline Illinois was then introduced by Hon. J. L. Pennington. He spoke As follows ladies and gentlemen i congratulate you and the people of Colorado upon the Advent of the Railroad to your City. It is the forerunner of civilization and brings to you All the elements of Enterprise by which the hidden continued on Page 12. 11/11/1877the Early explorations of what is now called the san Juan country were attended with More Hazard and the Story is surrounded by More Romance perhaps than attaches to the development of any other portion of the state. Its first exploration and the discovery of its vast Mineral wealth the former properly enough the latter not is generally credited to Captain Baker but his identity is sadly mixed. Only a few months ago i read an article in a newspaper published in the heart of the san Juan mining Region which stated that the country was first explored and published to the world by a Captain Baker of the United states a whilst engaged in the line of his duty. This was wholesale fiction As All old settlers know. The True Story of the a Baker expedition and its immediate consequences is what the news now proposes to Tell. The facts Are gleaned mainly from . Kellogg who is now Justice of the peace at Lake City. Some information respecting those who followed the Baker party and of the history of the settlement they founded in the Animas Valley is gathered also from mrs. Thomas Pollock. In 1860 California Gulch was swarming with Placer miners. Among these were . Kellogg amp co., who owned some of the richest ground in the Gulch and were taking out Large amounts of Gold. Also Charles Baker a restless adventurous impatient Man who was always in search of something new. He entertained extravagant thoughts about the riches of the country beyond and at last prevailed upon s. B. Kellogg and f. H. Rice to outfit him for a prospecting expedition. He set out july 1860 to explore the san Juan country meaning the country along the san Juan River. Six men went with him of whom three were Cunningham Bloomfield and Mason. The names of the others Are forgotten. Baker reported to Kellogg from time to time and finally that they had found diggings that paid Twenty five cents to the pan. In the fall Kellogg went to the states for his family and returned to Denver with them in november. On the fourteenth of december 1860, they left Denver to join Baker accompanied and followed by others their party ranging at different times on the journey All the Way from one Hundred to three Hundred persons. Among them were s. B. Kellogg Henry Alles Thomas Pollock. F. R. Rice f. A. Nye or. Heywood. Or. Cunningham and their families Andrew Peedee b. H. Eaton. Charles l. Hall or. Arnold. Abner French William Williams and Many others whose names Are forgotten. They travelled by Way of Colorado City and Pueblo crossing the Sangre de Cristo mountains through Sangre de Cristo pass. Here they suffered greatly from inclement weather and the difficulties of travel. Roads had to be built and there was no food for their Stock except that obtained by cutting Down Trees for them to browse upon. They were fourteen Days crossing the mountains. After getting Down into san Louis Park they were overtaken by a terrific storm of wind and Snow that scattered their Stock and caused extreme suffering to Many of the people. Wagon boxes and other property were burned for fuel. On March 4 they passed Conejos and travelled thence via Abiquiu Chama River and Pagosa Springs. On april i they reached Cascade Creek a Branch of Animas River about Twenty five Miles South of where Silverton now is where they went into Camp. Kellogg and several others went in search of Baker and found him and his party in bakery spark now Silverton. They were living in Brush shanties and had so wintered. Their diggings were nine Miles up the River where is now Eureka. They had Cut out lumber with whip saws and made some sluices but had collected very Little Gold. A thorough trial for weeks after proved that the diggings would not pay for working. The Best returns never exceeded fifty cents per Day to the Man. Men passed Back and Forth constantly Between the Camp at continued on Page 6. Notes on Animas City 12/21/1878 Animas City is incorporated a and has seven places in it where whiskey is sold. The Silver world. 1879 Animas City Valley town in Laplata county. Population 250. Postmaster John m. Trew. Justice of peace . Flagler. Teacher j. W. Park. Presbyterian Church. We. C. Bebee pastor. The Colorado state business directory. 6/6/1880 forty four Miles South of Silverton Down the Animas River is the Little Valley town of Animas City. It is one of the principal towns of la Plata county and is near its Southern Boundary. It has about three Hundred inhabitants and Only awaits the near approach of the Railroad to become a place of importance. The inter Ocean. 3/27/1881 the Animas City ditch and water company filed their articles yesterday morning naming their capital at $10,000, divided into too shares of $100 each. The Rocky Mountain news. 7/28/1881 the boat race at Animas City the first part of the week was witnessed by a Large company of spectators. The first heat was won by Spencer the second by Mclafferty. And the third by Spencer. Both men. However did splendid work. And there was a division of sentiment respecting their merits. The Durango Herald. A 9/8/1881 the Herald is informed the mayor e. E. Fox of Animas City has been engaged As principal of the Public schools at Durango. He is an excellent selection. Or. Fox is a cultivated gentleman and successful teacher. He will be assisted by two thoroughly qualified lady teachers. The Durango Herald. 9/8/1881 an election was held at Animas City on saturday when Bonds were voted for the Purchase or erection of a suitable school building. The Durango Herald. 11/29/1881 Durango Colorado november 28, a fire last night at 7 of clock at Animas City two and a half Miles from Durango continued on Page 7.

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