|Notice the front tires in the air!|
The Hagerman Tunnel was completed in 1886 and connected Colorado Springs to Aspen. The railroad was the first standard gauge railroad to cross the Continental Divide.
|The fireweed up here would indicate summer is about over!|
|The sealed Carlton Tunnel|
|A rocky trail going up.|
And that evening, sure enough, you can hear thunder and rain and sleet on the motorhome. Perfect!
One of the things that has been on my bucket list was to paddle across twin lakes to the ghost resort of Interlaken. The next morning we got up, it was calm and clear, the perfect opportunity for paddling.
|Isn't this reflection stunning?|
|Our destination, Inter-Laken|
Leadville’s growth during the 1880s along with the new route to Aspen over Independence Pass created an opportunity to build a resort on the south shore of the lower lake. This south shore resort complex was built over several years, beginning in 1880. By 1887 it included the Inter-Laken Hotel, a dance pavilion, a fancy stable for riding horses and a billiards hall. Behind the hotel’s six rooms was a unique, six-sided, circular outhouse, with each stall numbered the same as the hotel rooms. Yes, apparently you could even get a little privacy for your “morning constitution” in those days.
|Dexter's Cabin built in 1895.|
|Can't get enough of the scenery! Due to the drought you can't paddle through to the other lake.|
Clear Creek is a beautiful drainage that contained seven mining camps in the early 1880s, beginning at the confluence with the Arkansas River and stretching all the way to the headwaters of Clear Creek. Today, only the towns of Vicksburg and Winfield have buildings that are left. They are privately owned and in good repair.
|What a huge beaver dam!|
|Cabin on the drive over to Vicksburg|
Vicksburg was established in 1880 and quickly grew to about 250 folks and 40 buildings. By 1885 the town was deserted.
|This building has a solar panel on top. They periodically open it as a museum.|
Winfield sprung up in 1880 to support the nearby silver and copper mines, although the first cabin was built as early as 1861. It’s heyday was in 1890 and there were between 1200-1500 people. However, with only 3 saloons, the size may have been less. Due to the harsh winters, Winfield shut down during this period and people over-wintered in Vicksburg or lower elevations.
|Some short folks lived in these cabins!|
|A memorial for a Life Flight crew|
Well that ends our Twin Lakes adventure for now! So much more to come back and re-visit and see and do. Oh, I did go with a bunch of ladies to the casino outside of Durango. I did good!