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Katie Coakley | Vail Valley Chronicles | July 12, 2019

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 historical treasures right here in […]

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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
Author | Vail Valley Chronicles | December 10, 2018

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 1879, Battle Mountain, the massive […]

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Author | Vail Valley Chronicles | July 1, 2018

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. For centuries, Ute Indians claimed […]

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Shirley Welch | Vail Valley Chronicles | December 10, 2017

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 the ground. To the north, […]

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Davin Scott | Vail Valley Chronicles | July 6, 2017

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, the highest in the United […]

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Nepal Mt Everest Vail Valley Magazine

The Vail Valley is host to over 70 families from the Himalayan region of Nepal. When the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25 and May 12 of 2015, many remote villages were severely damaged. The Sherpa Foundation was formed and is committed to help these communities rebuild their lives. This event, held in […]

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Shirley Welch | Culture in the Vail Valley , Local Spotlight , Vail Valley Chronicles | December 17, 2015

On December 31, 1891, Arthur Fulford ate the remains of a fluffy biscuit and washed it down with a swallow of nail-bending coffee. Glancing out the window of the Lanning Hotel in Nolan’s Camp, he watched snow fall. The hotel was located in White Tail Gulch at the end of a 22-mile trek from Eagle […]

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Shirley Welch | Vail Valley Chronicles | February 23, 2015

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 complied a long list of […]

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Shirley Welch | Vail Valley Chronicles | December 10, 2013

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 women gather for a picnic at […]

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ken | Vail Valley Chronicles | January 3, 2012

Minturn. Some said the name Minturn derived from “men-turn”, meaning where men turned the steam engines around for their return trip up Tennessee Pass.  Others believed the name came from “mean-turn”, a description of the last sharp turn at the bottom of the early cliff-hanging road over Battle Mountain. Neither was correct. However, each referenced […]

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Assay Office constructed by the
Silverwave Mining Company in about 1882.
It was said that the reason it was built on the
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