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IN A LAND OF GORE

The man whose name adorns a dozen or so natural landmarks had a large appetite or excess and the money to fuel it . The rugged mountain range that can be seen from almost anywhere in Vail and beyond has drawn people to this valley for generations. The only word […]

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Digging up the past

It’s sitting right in front of you, though you may not realize what you’re seeing: fossils, bones, the lingering echoes of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. But you don’t have to journey far away to see these remnants of the past — you can find these […]

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BATTLE MOUNTAINS: TREASURE VAULT

Above: Assay Office constructed by the Silverwave Mining Company in about 1882. It was said that the reason it was built on the edge of the cliff was so that men working at the assay office could signal to the loading station on the railroad in the canyon below In […]

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Guardians Of Middle Earth

Some 10,000 years ago, prehistoric hunter-gatherers lived in Eagle County, the trace evidence being projectile points, grinding slabs and other tools. In addition to trace elements, a skeleton approximately 8,000 years old was discovered in a cave in Eagle County— the remains sent to the Southern Ute Tribe for burial. […]

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Those Left behind

On a little knoll east of Edwards and only a hundred steps from an active school, marble headstones and withered metal grave markers silently keep vigil over the cemetery’s residents. The serenity of the place gives one the sense of timelessness. Sagebrush rudely interrupts family plots. Fallen fences disappear into […]

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Leadville Boom Days

As the story goes, anybody who was anybody had been to Leadville, Colorado, in the 1890s, a Victorian-era mining town just 38 miles southeast of Vail. Surrounded on three sides by the jagged peaks and valleys of the San Isabel National Forest, at 10,152 feet above sea level, the town, […]

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FACT OR FICTION

In a secluded valley deep inside the Rocky Mountains along Turkey Creek lies a little town that has survived the vicissitudes of boom and bust. Patiently guarded by mountainsides of quaking aspen and pine trees, the place evokes a sense of place from a different time. It was the first town in Eagle County and has […]

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Astor City

A mysterious tiny town at the base of the Mount of the Holy Cross. An aerial view down the Eagle River Canyon to Astor Flats. Astor City would have been at the apex of the canyon, on the north side of the river. (Inset) A large number of men and a few […]