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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.

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