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THE 1900's in Chaffee County Colorado

  *For more history of our area, check out the old newspaper pages.
1900 1900 Independent smelters were operating at Romley and Monarch (Poncha
Springs), which served the Eclipse Mine in the Monarch mining
district. Most of the other smelters were operated as part of ASARCO
or Guggenheim (after 1901).

1901 Ohio and Colorado Smelting and Refining Company, which operated
the smelter, built the townsite of Kortz (Smeltertown) for its
workers. Kortz was the name of one of the company's officers.

On August 3, a flash flood in railroad gulch washed out bridges and
nearly a mile of track on the Calumet Branch of the D&RG. Traffic on
the branch had been light since 1899 when iron ore shipments from
Calumet Mine to Colorado Coal and Iron Company (CC&I) ceased. The line
was formally abandoned in 1922.

1902 Salida's beloved dog Loyal Duke, a favorite with railroad
passengers and patrons of the Monte Cristo Hotel, died and was buried
on Tenderfoot Mountain.

1903 1903 Poncha Hot Springs Hotel burned a second time and this time was
not rebuilt. A health resort popularized by the scenic line train
(D&RG), the town of Poncha declined.

1904 Monarch City post office closed.
Suspension bridge over Arkansas River collapsed during a Memorial
Day observance at Salida. At least 6 women and children died.

1908 The cornerstone was laid for the Carnegie Library with funds
raised by the Tuesday Evening Club of Salida.
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