Salida Mail, May
14, 1903: The filling in of River Front Park continues and as the
proper level is reached with the gravel, soil and rubbish which are spread
over the surface. By fall the park should present a beautiful appearance.
Salida Mail, Aug. 19, 1903: At the Board of Trade meeting
to be held tonight, the matter of utilizing the Poncha hot springs water
by piping it to Salida where a system of baths and pools can be installed,
will be thoroughly discussed. Salida is the stopping point of many tourists
every day of the year and if the waters from the Poncha springs can be
brought to Salida there is no reason why the city should not enjoy as
good a reputation as a health, pleasure and bathing resort as any point
in the state. Here in our immediate vicinity we have as beautiful spots
as grace any state of the union and with the necessary bathing pools,
summer hotels, etc., that attract the summer vacationist and health seeker,
why should we not receive our just share of the pleasure and health resort
business that is assuming such gigantic proportions all over the country?
Salida Mail, June
21, 1929: Buena Vista awoke this morning and thought the town was
burning down. The lettuce storage and ice house belonging to the Buena
Vista Lettuce Association which is located along side the railroad track
on the north side of town had caught fire presumably from sparks from
the engine of train No. 15.
When the fire was discovered
at five o'clock it had gained such headway that the efforts of all available
fire fighters were unable to save the storage shed. However, the packing
sheds which are alongside were saved with little damage, although they
had caught fire. The storage shed burned to the ground along with a carload
of lettuce crates which had arrived yesterday.
Salida Mail, July
31, 1953: The Hortense hot springs, source of water for the famous
old Mt. Princeton Hotel and water supply for Silver Cliff Lodge, quit
flowing sometime Friday night.
John Bayuk, hard rock miner,
and Jim Rayburn, supervisor at Frontier Lodge and a geologist believe
that something moved beneath the surface, blocking the flow of the springs.
Parker Wilmington, a member
of the staff at Silver Cliff Lodge, said this morning that the geologic
occurrence was discovered when they attempted to turn on the hot water
Saturday morning and there just wasn't any. Some steam was coming through
cracks in the rocks. Up until ten days ago, the springs were the sole
source of water for Silver Cliff Lodge.