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Strong Economy in Salida and Chaffee County

We are enjoying a strong economy in Salida and Chaffee County.  The following was published in The Mountain Mail on Thursday, December 7, 2017.  We are sharing the good news of the strong economy in Salida and Chaffee County. “The overall economy in Chaffee County, as it relates to the unemployment rate and the labor […]

Christmas Mountain USA in Salida

Christmas Mountain USA is a Salida tradition and has a new look this year.  The tree is outlined with green instead of the usual red. The tradition started in 1989 on Tenderfoot (“S”) Mountain and the tree has been outlined in red lights for the Christmas season. In the beginning, after experimenting with several different […]

Snow in Salida

Today’s snow in Salida came as a wake-up call.  Yesterday was sunny, 70 and much like summer.  Today is more of a winter blast.  The average snow in Salida over the course of a year is 43 inches.  October averages only 4 inches.  We have had our October average in one day. Salida, Colorado, gets […]

Salida Smokestack

The Salida Smokestack is 365 feet in height.  It took 300 workers 146 days to construct at a cost of $50,000.  It served  6 furnaces and employed 450 people.   The tall brick smokestack just west of Salida is the most visible reminder of the smelting industry. The smokestack juts out of the valley floor and […]

Salida SteamPlant

Ever  wonder about the event center known as the Salida SteamPlant?  . The Salida SteamPlant was one of the first Edison electric plants in the country. Built in 1887 by the Salida Edison Electric Light Company, it operated until the 1950s. After 1989 the building was renovated and converted into a city-owned theater and event […]

Legend of Salida’s Loyal Duke

The legend of Salida’s Loyal Duke dates back to the late 1800’s. It started when a lonely Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad worker brought Duke the dog to the Salida rail yard. Duke,  a smart, obedient and friendly canine, soon became part of the scene in the Salida yard during his master’s shift. A rail […]

Solutions for Mount Shavano

The Colorado Fourteener Initiative, a Golden conservation organization, has arrived at a solution for Mount Shavano trails.  A land purchase is set to close on some of the highest real estate in the country. If approved, Colorado Fourteener Initiative will become the private owner of the summit of 14,325-foot-tall Mount Shavano. Their goal with the purchase of […]

Fall or Autumn in Chaffee County?

The fall/autumn colors are starting to fade in Chaffee County. What is the actual difference between the words fall and autumn? The season we call fall was once referred to simply as “harvest” to reflect the time when farmers gathered their crops for winter storage, roughly between August and November. Astronomically, the season lasts from […]

Chaffee County WWII Honor Roll

The Chaffee County WWII Honor Roll Wall has been restored.  The wall honoring those who served in World War II was a project of Salida Elks Lodge No. 808 and was approved by the lodge on June 30, 1942. It was dedicated on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1942. Harriet Alexander and Anita S. Dean were […]

FIBArk on the Arkansas River

High flows promise to give spectators quite a show for the 67th Annual FIBArk whitewater festival on the Arkansas River in Salida. Every year in June during the Arkansas River runoff in Salida, Colorado, a festival occurs called FIBArk or “First In Boating the Arkansas.” The festival focuses on whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the […]