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July 12, 2002  (Lake City, Colorado)

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Here are some photos and stories of the ten days I spent in my old stomping ground, Lake City, Colorado.

 

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Above left:  Getting ready for the big Fourth of July parade in Lake City, Colorado.

Above center:  Fourth of July's don't get any better than this.

Above right:  Kids scrambling for candy.

 

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Above left:  Singing "YMCA."

Above center:  After the Lake City parade each year, there are "games in the park."  Here's the three-legged race.

Above right:  And yes, believe it or not, a shoe-kicking contest.

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Above left:  The street dance that night in "downtown" Lake City.

Above center:  Lake San Cristobal, namesake of Lake City.

Above right:  The beautiful Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.

 

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Above left:  Revisiting my old hangout at Rose's Cabin.  This is at 11,000 feet.

Above center:  Lake City was the site of the Alferd Packer's massacre back in the 1870s.  Packer and three men headed into the mountains here one winter... and three months later, only Packer emerged.  Alferd (yep, that's the way he spelled it) was the only person in the U.S. ever convicted of cannibalism.  He died in prison... supposedly, believe it or not, a vegetarian.

Above right:  BLM rangers are dedicated, but apparently they can't spell too well.  Check out this "interpetive" site.

 

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Above left:  Restored cabin in Burrows Park.

Above center:  Shown on the previous page, this was American Basin in 1987.  American Basin is an alpine jewel and is one of the reasons I worked here for six years.  

Above right:  The same scene in 2002.  Due to the prolonged drought in Colorado, there wasn't any snow in the mountains.

 

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Above left:  The nearby Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the deepest gorges in the U.S.  It's absolutely "gorgeous."

Above center:  Due to the nasty drought, Blue Mesa Reservoir was lower than I've ever seen it.

Above right:  Site #12 in Williams Creek campground, my home for 10 days.

 

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Above left:  Here are some old photos.  These are early prospectors near Silverton in 1873.

Above center:  Eureka was a thriving company town back in 1920...

Above right:  ... but when the mine closed, the town moved out.  Here's the same scene, which I shot in 1984.  Notice the scar on the hillside from the old Sunnyside Mill.

 

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Above left:  Another "Before and After."  This is the Silver Lake Mill near Silverton in 1900.

Above center:  And the same scene in 1984, sans mill and railroad.

Above right:  The Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, a few miles north of Lake City.

 

Left This is Silver Street in downtown Lake City.  Unlike other Colorado mountain towns, such as Aspen, Crested Butte and Telluride, Lake City hasn't changed much in the last 100 years, and for that I'm thankful.

 

 

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