Stagecoach Road to Riches

Stagecoach Road to Riches (HM21EF)

Location: Buena Vista, CO 81211 Chaffee County
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N 39° 2.029', W 106° 15.429'

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With the discovery of gold in California Gulch in 1860, getting to Oro City (now Leadville) meant an opportunity for fame and fortune.

It would, however, be twenty years before railroad service traversed the Upper Arkansas Valley.
Stagecoach routes from Denver and Aspen over Mosquito and Tennessee passes were established, but travelers and commercial enterprises coming from Pueblo and south had to make their way up the Arkansas River.

The Barlow and Sanderson Stagecoach Company established a route from Canon City to Leadville in the 1860's.

Stage stations were developed at intervals of 15-20 miles, the distance a team of horses could reasonably last.
Bale's Station, downriver of where Salida now stands, was one of the relay stops on the Arkansas River route.
Stages stopped and sometimes passengers overnighted there before going on to Leadville.
A formal townsite was established around 1878, named for Bale's daughter Cleora.

As the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad pushed farther westward up the canyon, stages moved their departures upriver.
Canon City was the railhead from about 1874 and Salida from 1880.

Once the railroad arrived the relay stations below Salida became obsolete and stage travel was abandoned.
HM NumberHM21EF
Placed ByFederal Highway Administration, National Scenic Byways & Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 391191 N 4321281
Decimal Degrees39.03381667, -106.25715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 2.029', W 106° 15.429'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 2' 1.7400" N, 106° 15' 25.7400" W
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Area Code(s)719
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-24, Buena Vista CO 81211, US
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