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4UR Ranch

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1890s. South off Colorado 149, 1 mile northwest of the D&RG depot

General Palmer and the D&RG founded this resort along Goose Creek near the railroad. Its remnants include some early log accommodations, a one-story lodge of stuccoed concrete with a curvilinear parapet, and old-fashioned hot springs plunge pools lined in concrete with amethyst crystals set in the rims. Somewhat incongruously, the ranch also hosted a company town where an intact fluorspar mine and mill are still surrounded by clapboard cottages, a bunk-house, and a foreman's residence. Halfway up a scenic hillside is the one-room clapboard Wagon Wheel Gap Schoolhouse (c. 1927), distinguished by a balustraded entry porch and an open bell tower with a pyramidal cap. The school was moved to this site and restored on a new concrete foundation.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "4UR Ranch", [Creede, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 436-436.

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