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Month

Day

Year

Event

11

4

1817

James Link, Como rancher, is born

10

27

1827

Elizabeth Link, Como rancher, is born

2

7

1848

James Tyler, Shawnee rancher, is born

8

31

1851

Benjamin Tyler, Shawnee rancher, is born

6

26

1859

Prospector killed near Jefferson Lake

1

4

1860

Tarryall P. O. established

7

26

1860

Hamilton P. O. established

9

15

1860

Laurette (Buckskin Joe) town council organized

12

31

1860

Fairplay gets oldest county water right

2

28

1861

Colorado Territory established

6

15

1861

Beery Ditch oldest irrigation right in South Park

8

2

1861

Fairplay P. O. established

8

19

1861

800+ residents vote in 1st Territorial election. Hamilton’s Daniel Witter elected to Legislature

11

1

1861

Park County established

11

14

1861

Laurette (Buckskin Joe) P. O. established

1

7

1862

Co. seat moved from Tarryall City to Buckskin Joe

1

10

1862

Abraham Bergh land filing

1

29

1862

Charles Hall land filing

3

12

1862

Adolph Guiraud land filing

5

20

1862

Homestead Act enacted

7

21

1862

Montgomery P. O. established

8

16

1862

South Park salt for sale ad in Rocky Mountain News

12

6

1862

James Castello land filing

12

23

1862

Sterling P. O. established

4

1

1863

Hepburn Ditch, oldest water right in Platte Canyon

6

3

1863

James Castello land filing

8

14

1863

Pro-Union party picks candidates at convention in Fairplay

8

20

1863

O. W. Turner land filing

10

6

1863

Samuel Hartsel land filing

11

15

1863

Henry Farnum land filing

6

26

1864

Reynolds gang robs stage

7

26

1864

Reynolds gang robs stage near McLaughlin Ranch

5

1

1866

Borden, Crosier, Farnum (1868) Ditches, oldest water rights on upper Tarryall

7

17

1866

George Williams of Sterling was issued US Patent Number 56480 for a dumping car

7

17

1866

George Williams of Sterling was issued US Patent Number 56481 for an improvement in elevators

10

20

1866

New buildings at Salt Works nearing completion

6

9

1867

Salt Works reports 4,000 lbs. salt per day

8

14

1867

Henry Farnum land filing

9

20

1867

Sarah Tyler, Shawnee rancher, is born

10

1

1867

Margaret Kleinknecht, Hartsel merchant, is born

11

2

1867

Daniel McLaughlin land filing

11

13

1867

Thomas Dunbar land filing

12

18

1867

William Beery land filing

5

1

1868

Farnum Ditch oldest water right on lower Tarryall

6

6

1868

Jacob Radliff land filing

8

27

1868

Schuyler Colfax (future vice president) party makes pilgrimage up Mt. Lincoln

2

26

1869

South Park City (Fairplay) incorporated

3

17

1869

George Parmelee land filing

5

16

1870

Huge forest fire in northeast part South Park

7

30

1870

James Castello land filing

9

24

1870

Edward Smith land filing

10

25

1870

Frederick C. Morse of Buckskin was issued US Patent Number 108617 for an ore mill

1

2

1871

Louis Guiraud land filing

2

18

1871

John Buyer, South Park rancher, is born

5

10

1871

Tremayne #1 ditch, oldest water right on W. Fourmile

5

16

1871

Grant P. O. established

5

28

1871

Buffalo Springs P. O. established

6

23

1871

John Link land filing

8

25

1871

Deer Valley P. O. established

9

18

1871

Elizabeth Entriken land claim near Bailey

10

2

1871

Henry Guiraud, South Park rancher, is born

4

2

1872

William Bailey land claim

5

10

1872

Mining Law enacted

10

31

1872

Dudley P. O. established

12

12

1872

Slaght reports season’s crop of 40,000 lbs. potatoes

3

7

1873

Alma P. O. established

5

28

1873

Charles Hall land filing

7

10

1873

Mary Ella Tyler, Shawnee rancher, is born

9

23

1873

William E. Musgrove of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 143176 for an improvement for machines for clearing streets of snow

9

26

1873

Most of Fairplay burns

12

2

1873

Alma becomes incorporated

2

1

1874

No snow reported in South Park

2

24

1874

Holland P. O. established

3

13

1874

Charles Hall land filing

6

18

1874

South Park City P. O. established

7

15

1874

Hall Valley smelter reported ready for operation

7

24

1874

Zach Taylor shoots Indian at Kenosha House

8

10

1874

Hall Valley P. O. established

8

10

1874

Kester P. O. established

9

20

1874

Fairplay Masons reported to have had meeting on top of Mt. Lincoln

10

5

1874

Vigilantes run hoodlum Jack Reynolds out of Alma

11

7

1874

Dedication of Fairplay Presbyterian Church is reported

11

21

1874

Courthouse is reported completed

11

28

1874

Telegraph line from Denver to Fairplay near completion

12

7

1874

Telegraph line from Denver to Alma is completed

12

23

1874

Rocky P. O. established

12

26

1874

Telegraph line is reported completed from Denver to Hall Valley smelter

3

16

1875

Hartsel P. O. established

3

20

1875

Olney Borden land filing

8

10

1875

Henry Clay Cass and George Read Rankin of Alma was issued US Patent Number 166499 for an improvement in boot trees

10

13

1875

Attempted break in at Fairplay bank

11

6

1875

25,000 lbs. weekly freight from Colorado Springs to Fairplay & Alma is reported

11

13

1875

Attempted break in at Fairplay bank

1

16

1876

Ned Corbin, Bailey rancher, is born

3

1

1876

Tim Borden land filing

8

1

1876

Colorado becomes a state

4

25

1877

Hardy Epperson land filing

5

7

1877

Webster P. O. established

10

22

1877

John Tremayne land filing

4

16

1878

Hans Mortensen of Alma was issued US Patent Number 202453 for an improvement in torpedo boats

9

13

1878

Fairville P. O. established

9

27

1878

Platte Station (Weston Pass tollgate) P. O. established

11

20

1878

Bailey Post Office established

2

20

1879

First issue of Fairplay Flume

4

1

1879

Johnny Hoover (later lynched) kills Tom Bennett in Fairplay

5

19

1879

Railroad construction reaches Kenosha Pass

6

21

1879

Railroad construction reaches Como

7

23

1879

Como P. O. established

7

23

1879

Mosquito Pass toll road opens

9

11

1879

Garo plat filed

9

29

1879

Bordenville P. O. established

10

3

1879

Jefferson P. O. established

10

23

1879

Gambler Red Hanley kills William Cochran at Weston

10

29

1879

Drunken Keogh shoots bystander at Alma bar

11

11

1879

E. L. Thayer, contractor for Chinese labor, badly beaten by Como Italians

11

26

1879

Park City P. O. established

1

5

1880

Mountaindale P. O. established

1

25

1880

Cicero Simms (later hanged) kills John Johnson in Alma

3

22

1880

Murder in Alma

4

28

1880

John Hoover lynched & hanged from Courthouse window

6

1

1880

“Long Jack” shoots Jack Taylor in hip at Hamilton

6

28

1880

Mullenville P. O. established

6

29

1880

Garo P. O. established

7

19

1880

Fairplay incorporated

7

19

1880

Robbers take stage strongbox at Red Hill Station

7

23

1880

Hundreds see murderer Cicero Simms hang in Fairplay

8

9

1880

Estabrook P. O. established

8

23

1880

Horse Shoe P. O. established

11

5

1880

John Herman killed in Handcart Gulch avalanche

11

19

1880

Harry Epperson, South Park rancher, is born

11

24

1880

Miner John Dunn dies in Mt. Bross avalanche

11

25

1880

Courthouse saved from serious fire

11

25

1880

Grant roundhouse burns

3

21

1881

Alma Town Hall destroyed in fire

3

29

1881

Hugh Louis Rice of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 239547 for a miner's scraper

3

29

1881

Hugh Louis Rice of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 239548 for a miner's candle holder

4

1

1881

Horseshoe smelter burns

6

11

1881

Mack Harris, 12, drowns in flume near Fairplay

8

9

1881

Bailey plat filed

9

6

1881

Samuel E. Darne of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 246729 for a combined cradle and nursery

1

1

1882

Marie Reichenecker, South Park pioneer, dies

1

17

1882

Open house at Fairplay’s new stone school

6

1

1882

Peter Horn land filing

8

13

1882

15-24” snow in mountains

8

31

1882

High country miners driven out by 15-24 inches of snow

10

10

1882

Gunplay in attempted Mosquito Gulch holdup

10

12

1882

3 die in train wreck near Park City

10

25

1882

Billy Redman blinded by dynamite at Champaign Mine

11

28

1882

Boiler blast kills Julius Gomer at Hall Valley sawmill

2

17

1883

Fairplay gets quarantine law for smallpox

5

23

1883

Dake P. O. established

6

12

1883

2 feet snow in high peaks near Fairplay and Alma

6

25

1883

London P. O. established

11

22

1883

Old Mose (grizzly) kills Jake Radliff

12

23

1883

1 killed, 2 injured in Montgomery Gulch avalanche

3

19

1884

Fairplay jailbreak by accused murderer Byard

4

6

1884

2 month snow blockade on Boreas Pass RR ends

4

14

1884

King P. O. established

6

14

1884

Peter Allstrum kills neighbor Horace Voss on 31 Mile Creek

9

9

1884

Simeon Truby of Alma was issued US Patent Number 304765 for an amalgamator

9

25

1884

Garo depot burns

6

23

1885

Boiler blast kills 2 at sawmill near Herring Park

7

3

1885

J.J. Smith kills ex partner J.W. Grow at Webster

9

22

1885

John Parmalee, Deer Creek/South Park, pioneer dies

8

11

1887

Truro P. O. established

12

20

1887

Thomas H. Sheldon of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 375205 for a bell rope coupling

12

22

1887

Howbert P. O. established

6

25

1888

Howbert plat filed

11

13

1888

Charles W. Fishel of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 392793 for a flour or meal bin

12

13

1888

Phone line from Denver gets close to Jefferson

2

14

1889

Spinney P. O. established

11

6

1889

John Horn land filing

11

22

1889

Cortrite P.O. established

5

15

1891

Lake George P. O. established

5

16

1891

Kenosha P. O. established

7

6

1892

Louisa Holthusen, Como rancher, dies

7

15

1892

Chase P. O. established

11

8

1892

Milo Case, Como rancher, dies

12

9

1892

S. Platte Forest Reserve created (now Pike NF)

1

10

1893

Explosion at King Coal Mine kills 24

9

26

1893

Charles O. Sumner of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 505684 for a placer mining machine

2

6

1894

Balfour P. O. established

6

2

1894

Streeter sentenced to hang for killing Como Marshall Cook

9

3

1894

Saloon in King robbed

11

16

1894

William Derby homestead land filing

2

12

1895

Andrew J. Carter of Alma was issued US Patent Number 534137 for a combined candle holder and cutter

9

10

1895

Willie Hosea Davis and Hugh Cicero Christy of Como was issued US Patent Number 546228 for a signal transmitter

4

10

1896

Hammond P. O. established

5

23

1896

Guffey P. O. established

9

19

1896

Tarryall II (Puma City) P. O. established

11

9

1896

Pacific Hotel in Como burns

12

29

1896

Leavick P. O. established

7

7

1897

Conrad P. O. established

1

11

1898

Maggie Harrington of Hartsel was issued one fourth US Patent Number 597346 for a wheel

3

1

1898

Albert Logan Gooden of Lake George was issued US Patent Number 600070 for a WHIM

9

13

1898

Addison Lysle Holmes and James Horace Campbell of Alma was issued US Patent Number 610679 for a nut lock

6

19

1899

Cassells P. O. established

6

20

1899

Black Mountain P. O. established

9

7

1899

Fireman Clayton dies in runaway train on Boreas Pass

12

17

1899

Snow closes RR between Fairplay & Alma for 3 mos.

2

2

1900

Last train over Boreas Pass before 5 week snow closure

3

9

1900

5-week snow closure on Boreas Pass RR ends

3

17

1900

End of 3-month RR snow closure between Fairplay & Alma

4

19

1900

Shawnee P. O. established

5

30

1900

William Bailey, Bailey pioneer, dies in California

6

3

1901

Ward Maxcy, early South Park sheepman, dies

11

1

1901

Doran P. O. established

4

5

1902

Alice Eos, Bailey saw mill owner, is born

6

5

1902

Insmont P. O. established

7

27

1903

Town hall & blacksmith shop burn in Jefferson

8

24

1903

Joseph Hartsel’s body found after missing for 2 yrs.

4

30

1904

Old Mose (grizzly) is killed

8

13

1904

Hayman P. O. established

10

18

1904

William P. Mcdowell of Hartsel was issued US Patent Number 772574 for a compound tool

10

29

1904

Hayman plat filed

2

1

1905

Forest Reserves transferred to USFS

3

12

1905

Agnes Hepburn, Grant rancher, dies

3

28

1905

Elsworth E. Quaintance of Como was issued US Patent Number 785834 for a combination lock

4

4

1905

Isabella Horn, Bailey rancher, dies

5

12

1905

Pikes Peak Forest Reserve created (now Pike NF)

9

19

1905

Daniel W. Denny of Tarryall was issued US Patent Number 799637 for a ditching plow

9

23

1905

2 killed at London Mine

10

18

1905

Fire in Alma

11

11

1905

Cassells Hotel burns

3

10

1906

Richard Tremayne, Guffey rancher, dies

6

11

1906

Forest Homestead Act enacted

11

27

1906

William Bemrose of Alma was issued one third US Patent Number 837082 for an ore concentrator

3

4

1907

Pike National Forest evolved from Forest Reserves

7

29

1907

Timothy Borden, Tarryall rancher, dies

10

22

1907

Sam Hartsel sells his ranch

1

19

1909

Milton Gibbs, Shawnee rancher, dies

6

5

1909

Marie Guiraud, Garo rancher, dies

6

8

1909

William.W. Ramsey of Como was issued US Patent Number 924533 for an acetylene gas generator

8

19

1909

Bailey flood

8

21

1909

Flood on 31 Mile Creek destroys crops and house

10

31

1910

RR closes Boreas line and reopens in 1913

6

17

1912

1 feet of snow in Fairplay & Alma

8

13

1912

David Edward Collard of Jefferson was issued US Patent Number 1035318 for an ignition apparatus for explosive engines

12

16

1912

Silas Wright homestead land filing

2

5

1913

Oswald Henriks killed in Montgomery Gulch

2

11

1913

James Link killed in train wreck in Guatemala

8

21

1913

Maria Decker robbed and murdered at Hay Ranch

10

14

1913

Lulu A. Myers of Bailey was issued US Patent Number 1075931 for a safety hat pin

1

30

1914

Ah Yut, last Chinese miner, dies near Fairplay

6

17

1914

Lake George dam breaks

2

4

1915

Hotel, Catholic Church and mine office destroyed in Alma fire

2

25

1915

3 Lake George ice houses filled with 7,000 tons of ice

8

31

1915

Elenore Constance Evans of Hayman was issued US Patent Number 1152308 for a cooking steamer

11

26

1915

Henry Rockett kills Tom Mullican in Lake George

1

28

1916

Charles Wilkin (Fairplay lawyer, judge) dies

5

14

1916

William Craig, Jefferson rancher, dies

5

17

1916

Henry Rockett acquitted of murdering Tom Mullican in Lake George

12

29

1916

Stockraising Homestead Act enacted

1

7

1917

18 bldgs. burn in Alma fire

6

19

1917

Charles A. De Yarman of Garo was issued US Patent Number 1230134 for a coupling device

10

10

1917

4 businesses & P.O. burn in Alma

8

5

1918

Last Midland RR passenger train leaves Park Co.

11

21

1918

Sam Hartsel, South Park rancher, dies in Denver

12

31

1920

Ann Bailey, Bailey pioneer, dies

4

13

1921

Glentivar P. O. established

7

18

1922

Charles D. Mcnamara of Fair Play was issued US Patent Number 1423131 for an aeroplane

12

4

1922

Lake George Hotel (former George Frost home) burns

9

23

1924

Lulu A. Myers of Bailey was issued US Patent Number 1509604 for a doll

5

20

1926

Harriet Cassells, rancher (later Camp Santa Maria), dies

3

6

1928

Engineer J.P. Nichols dies in RR wreck near Como

3

11

1928

6 county residents arrested for bootlegging

5

1

1928

Trump P. O. established

5

15

1928

Alma School burns

5

29

1928

Charles Fitzsimmons, Bailey pioneer, dies

2

12

1930

William Tyler, Shawnee rancher, dies

4

13

1931

Charles Eddy, South Park rancher, dies

5

30

1933

George W Biller and Harriet S. Biller of Bailey was issued US Patent Number 1911423 for a hose coupler

7

8

1934

Bank of Alma is robbed

3

25

1935

Wood part of Como roundhouse burns

1

21

1936

Boreas Pass train wreck

7

25

1936

Engineer McGowan dies in runaway train on Kenosha Pass

12

24

1936

Criminal killed in Bailey

3

24

1937

Fire in Alma

4

10

1937

Last passenger train leaves Como

4

11

1937

Last freight train leaves Como

3

5

1938

William McConnell, Fairplay miner, dies

9

2

1938

Last scrap train leaves Como

10

11

1940

Kiowa Lodge in Bailey burns

11

15

1943

Ned Corbin, Bailey rancher, dies

7

18

1946

Gus Peterson, Bailey rancher, dies

2

26

1951

Shorty, Fairplay burro, killed by car

8

19

1951

Lightning hits Ling Mine

11

16

1951

Raymond Knisely, Bailey pioneer dies

12

15

1953

Lucinda Alden Rogers, 100, South Park rancher dies

5

15

1957

South Park City Museum first opened

1

6

1962

Roberts Tunnel from Dillon Reservoir completed

9

5

1962

Sarah Tyler, Shawnee rancher, dies

2

22

1965

Tom McQuaid, Salt Works Ranch owner, died

10

3

1965

Mary Ella Tyler, Shawnee rancher, died

8

7

1966

New Park County Hospital dedicated

6

6

1969

Park County Historical Society organized

12

11

1971

Walter Schattinger, Jefferson rancher, dies

12

8

1972

Hartsel Hotel burns

12

31

1993

Eric Eos, Bailey area sawmill owner, dies

6

12

2000

Hi Meadow fire begins

6

4

2001

Reggie’s Restaurant near Pine Junction burns

4

23

2002

Snaking fire begins

6

8

2002

Hayman fire begins

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