Sidebar by Dick Dixon and Ed Quillen
Local History – May 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine
Why was Chaffee County so eager to expand its domain in the 19th century, and why were Park and Frémont fighting back?
In a word, money. After it was carved out of Lake County in 1879, Chaffee County was in desperate financial straits, and spent years negotiating with Lake over which bills and debts applied to which county.