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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - October 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers 50 vol. 12, no. To Colorado territory Price four bits,. Crawford founded town jul. 28, 1899 last monday Steamboat Springs completed its first Quarter of a Century of existence. To be More exact the first Bona fide settlement at this place was made on july 24, 1874, by James h. Crawford. Twenty five years is a Long time and has witnessed great changes but not As great perhaps As the founder expected at that time. An article in the old St. Louis Republican was the indirect cause of the founding of Steamboat Springs. A writer described therein a Hunting trip he had made to Middle Park and As far up at the top of Gore Range from which place he looked Westward upon a wilderness of Mountain peaks and Beautiful valleys dark forests and Silvery streams a a deserted land except for immense herds of Elk and Deer and Buffalo which had not yet Learned by experience to shun the presence of Man. There is an element of the explorer in All men a the strange the unknown Are fascinating and beget a desire to unravel the mystery to pull aside the veil. It was so in this Case and was the primary cause of or. And mrs. Crawford turning their faces Westward. It is an old but an Ever fascinating Story. Or. And mrs. Crawford reached hot Sulphur Springs in 1873, where they Taii Picu in it i it j Chi. Johb for Rad was interested in Mineral Springs and explored in that year the country lying West of the Range the wilderness which had been described by the writer in the Republican. There were a few trappers in the country and by their direction he visited both Steamboat and the Large hot Springs on grand River since known As Glenwood. Both were open for settlement but the former group was larger More varied and attractive and besides it was then believed that it was in line for the Railroad which was soon to be built from Denver to Salt Lake. Other men made fortunes where the Rio Grande built through Glenwood but or. Crawford settled at Steamboat. Just Twenty five years ago the first settlement was made. The nearest Post office and base of supplies was Georgetown. There were other in convinces which would be appalling at this Day. Surveyors had to be employed to run a base line Over 150 Miles before the land could be surveyed and the town Laid out. Utes were plentiful but Friendly. It is not necessary to follow the history of the town Down to the present. There were other Early timers though who deserve mention. Old Man Morrison was even in 1874, searching for a fabulously Rich mine which was supposed to be located on the Creek which bears his name and samples from which Lem Pollard had secured years before. Morrison spent the Winter alone in that Section. He was compelled to eat his pack Burrows and was discovered in the Spring nearly insane with hunger. It was not Long before Pony Whitmore Gristy and others came searching for another lost mine supposed to be on the Range above Steamboat Springs. Even with the first settlement there was evidence of earlier settlement years and years before. The Adobe fort and the crumbling log Cabin in the Grove above Are shrouded in impenetrable mystery but their outlines can be seen today As a connecting link Between the progressive present and the unknown past. The Denver times. Steamboat Springs photo Courtesy Routt county collection. Werner Library. The 1899 View this overview of the town was taken looking East from the Hill behind Steamboat Spring. Only three or four buildings in this picture Are still standing. The Tost prominent is the Ezoa Bible Church in the upper Center of the photograph. The town was named when Early trappers head a a chug chug noise from a Spring that reminded them of the sound of a Steamboat. Steamboat Springs is becoming a Metropolis Jun. 2,1909 the following article was published in a recent number of the Colorado Springs Telegraph Steamboat Springs the thriving Little terminus of the Moffat Road just 214 Miles Northwest of Denver is at last coming into its own. Named because of the secular noise emitted by the great Spring from which a Quantity of water equal to the entire flow at hot Springs ark., gushes Forth the town is destined to become the great resort of the West. Long before the Railroad reached the Little City the Fame of its Waters had spread abroad and the curative Powers of the hot Springs attracted invalids from All parts of the country. Located As it is in the heart of Routt county an area equal to some states of the Union it is in a position to command the commercial supremacy of the great undeveloped Northwestern part of Colorado. In Routt county Are found the greatest deposits of Coal Mineral Marble and Stone to be found in the state. Owing to the absence of transportation facilities this portion of the state remained undeveloped for years but with the Advent of the Moffat Road last january new life has been instilled into the entire District. Not Only will Steamboat Springs have a direct route to Denver the capital of the state but the Road will be pushed Westward to Salt Lake City Utah providing an Eastern and Western outlet for the heavy freight age that May be expected from the undeveloped resources of the county. No other place on the Globe has the advantage of Steamboat As a summer resort and the time is not far Distant when Colorado is Apt to be spoken of As merely incidental to the town of Steamboat Springs which will not displease Colorado at All and its resources. The wonderful Mineral Springs at Steamboat have Long been widely known but until the Entrance of the Moffat Road the town has been so difficult of Access that it could not be exploited As it deserved. These Mineral Springs Are unrivalled anywhere in the world. There Are 150 of them and every one is different a fact which has always been a Marvel to scientists. In other parts of the world there Are Mineral Waters which have gained wide renown for their curative qualities but nowhere is there such a variety such As there is at Steamboat. Rheumatism kidney troubles nervous diseases dyspepsia stomach disorders and blood afflictions succumb at once to the Waters of Steamboat. Men have gone there in stretchers and walked inside of ten Days. There seems to be absolutely no restriction upon the cures which nature has provided. The Steamboat Springs town and Quarry company is developing these Springs. A hotel costing $30,000 is being constructed. An open air Pool 200 feet Long and 120 to 125 feet wide is being built. An enclosed Boathouse 50 by 150 feet with an a a la 50 by 75 feet is going up and machinery is being put in to bottle up the Spring Waters for the Market. There Are scores of natural vapor caves around Steamboat such As Are found at Glenwood Springs and these Are to be developed. Steamboat is growing by leaps and Bounds. As a location for a summer Home there is no place on Earth which compares with Steamboat. All around Are wonderful Scenic effects and magnificent drives. From Twenty to Twenty five new buildings Are now going up in the town. The resources of Routt county Are almost beyond enumeration because Routt has been truthfully called an Empire unto itself. Steamboat is so located that it naturally commands the situation As the leading City now and of the future in the county. It has everything that a live up to Date town should have including electric lights water works schools churches newspapers Etc. It has grist Mills and Brick and Lime manufactories. In addition to becoming one of the greatest summer resorts of the world it also has a future As an Industrial Center when the wealth of Routt is opened up. The mountains surrounding Steamboat Are among the highest in the state and very Beautiful. Storm Mountain eleven Miles East of Steamboat has almost perpetual Snow on its Summit and is a glorious sight. In addition to becoming a great summer resort Steamboat will also become a great Winter resort with Winter sports equating those of Montreal. A climatic feature of the town possessed by few other places in Colorado is the fact that wind is rarely known there. The fishing and Hunting of Routt county is world famous and Steamboat is in the heart of the game and fish country. Big game of All sorts abounds in that Vicinity while fishing is always splendid the Steamboat Selling fast Jun. 3, 1899 As showing the Confidence Felt in Steamboat Springs town property Wooleryy a addition to Steamboat a thirty acre tract was last week platted my placed on the Market with he result that Over 150 lots were sold to Home people within the week. The new addition is across the River from town and near the Onyx Quarry. Lots Are being rapidly taken at from $15 to $25. There is a general stiffening of real estate values which be tokens the Confidence of the people in that class of property. Nearly 800 acres of Oil land has recently been located for Eastern capitalists adjacent to the Oil Spring fourteen Miles from Here. An analysis of the Oil from this Spring made in Chicago shows it to be one of the finest natural lubricating oils Ever discovered. In value it is Worth $4.50 a barrel As against $1.25 per barrel for crude Petroleum. A Prospect Well it is said will be put Down this summer. West Virginia Oil men Are at the head of one company while a stranger who gave no name has also been Busy locating Oil lands in the same Vicinity. A contract has been let for getting out timbers for the Republican Copper property near this place and men will be put to work sinking on the vein in a few Days. The Denver purchased Railroad coming May 5, 1892 Henry Schaffnit and John Suttele of Steamboat Springs Are in the City purchasing a milling outfit that will turn out fifty barrels of flour a Day. They called at the office of the improvement company which has platted a new town site at the Springs in Advance of the coming of the Apex and Western. The Railroad is expected to be built through the Northwestern portion of the state before the fall of 1893, and As soon As trains Are operating the town company proposes to advertise the wonderful attractions. The line As surveyed goes Down the Muddy and through Twenty mile Park where there is plenty of bituminous Coal and then bisecting a Field of Anthracite within twelve Miles of Steamboat that is said to be Superior to the crested Butte Coal. A site has been selected for a sanitarium and hotel at an Elevation of fifty two feet above the town where there Are magnesia Lithia soda Iron and Sulphur Springs. The Apex will make Steamboat a Strong rival of Glenwood. The Rocky Mountain news. Crawford were friends of indians jul. 15, 1939 the Crawford who were the first settlers Here were friends of everybody White and red. Mrs. Crawford a few years ago related this Story a at one time there were 500 indians camped within five Miles of us. Tabby one of the Ute sub chiefs died. Harmony also called Yah Monite told me they were going to kill eight ponies to go with him to the Happy Hunting ground. I told him that be right. I said a maybe so Tabby a Papoose Heap go hungry. Heap need evidently my counsel had some effect for afterwards Harmony told me that they had killed a one Heap old horse and one Heap Good running a indians never stay at a Camp where one of their number has died but move right away to another spot. Tabby a five squaws All bobbed their hair to their ears As a sign of mourning. A a a the Steamboat Pilot. A photo Courtesy Routt county collection Werner Library. The Crawford so Home built on the West Bank of soda Creek not far from Iron Spring James h. Crawford and his family lived Here from 1878 to about 1886. The Cabin had four rooms placed in the shape of a Cross. The first Steamboat Post office was established in this House. At the time of the Meeker massacre september 29, 1879, All the permanent residents remaining in Routt county a Twenty men women and children a fortified Here
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