Tarryall City & Hamilton: South Park’s First Gold Rush

FOR FOUR YEARS, 1859-62, the hotspot of mining activity in South Park was at Tarryall City and Hamilton, situated a half mile apart on opposite banks of Tarryall Creek, 2 miles north of present-day Como.  In the summer of 1859, a group of miners whose luck had run out at Gregory Diggings (Central City), including …

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Tarryall-Cline Ranch: a Park County Gem

By Kim Grant For 90 years, the eclectic Tarryall-Cline Ranch house has stood proudly like a sentinel amidst a beautiful meadow just off U.S. Hwy. 285 in Park County. The main ranch house was built in 1928 by the ranch owner, Foster Cline, Sr., a prominent Denver attorney. Cline was the deputy district attorney in …

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Sheep’s Gulch Trail

by Ericka Kastner

Some might call it “the trail that gets forgotten.” Most wilderness lovers traveling down County Road 390 near Granite are likely headed towards one of the many 14,000-foot peaks in the area. They’ve possibly never heard of Sheep’s Gulch Trail.

At least I hadn’t until yesterday, literally. A friend and I were on a quest for a gorgeous fall hike that would be rich with color and take us above tree line. He suggested Sheep’s Gulch and I was immediately intrigued, as I love discovering new trails.

Sheep’s Gulch trailhead is on the north side of CR 390, about 8.9 miles from its intersection with U.S. Highway 24. Even the two-wheel-drive accessible route to the trailhead is spectacular, and worth the drive alone, as it includes stunning views of Clear Creek Reservoir, historic cabin sightings along the way (check out Dawson Cabin about 5.8 miles along the road or the Vicksburg Museum at mile 7.2) and glorious valley vistas in the distance.

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Book Review: Parked in the Past – Historic Tales from Park County

By Laura Van Dusen
The History Press, 2013  ISBN 978.1.62619,161.7

Reviewed by Forrest Whitman

This is a delightful read for anyone interested in our Colorado Central country, especially Park County. Laura Van Dusen wrote most of these chapters for her monthly column in the Fairplay Flume newspaper, and that’s an advantage. The reader can pick up the book at any point, just as he or she might a newspaper, and read the news of the day, be it 1966 or 1866.

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