Deckers (1896, 6,400 feet) is a fishing resort, earlier known as Daffodil, on the South Platte River where Steve Deckers opened a tavern, gas station, general store, and modest rental cabins. These were spared by the floods that washed away many pioneer structures. Lost Valley Ranch (1883) is a rustic log dude ranch 10 miles southwest of Deckers. Since 1898, Denver has eyed this spot near the confluence of the north and south forks of the South Platte for a dam. In 1990, after $40 million had been spent on Two Forks Dam, planned as one of the West's largest dams, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected the project, which would have flooded Deckers.
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