There’s an fascinating spot shut to The expert Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs That is typically incorrectly recognized. I can now inform Barely bit about it.
The spot is On The doormethod to the valley simply north of Backyard of the Gods Road, at Russina. Some 70 years in the past there was a house on this spot. Right now, the previous trash burner behind The house stays. It was referred to as many issues, Similar to a coke oven. A good friend of mine and fellow teacher lived Inside the house, which seems to have been torn down round 1959, By way of the years the Colorado Spring Monument Valley Freemethod (Interstate 25) was constructed. There was a department from the railroad to the valley. I recently found the railroad’s identify for this space: Mellen. The map I located furtherly level outs thOn there was a brick manufacturing unit in the valley.
I used to be tprevious initially thOn The house was the place the mine proprietor lived. In wanting through the data On the library, Metropolis Directories current no brick manufacturing unit, However they do current The numerous coal mine prospects in the valley, some owned by a Mr. Mellen. I can solely Uncover a doc of him dwelling shut to Old Colorado Metropolis.
In wanting through the previous Colorado mine inspector’s data, the mine identify Does not current up. The data current 10 or extra prospect holes further up the valley. There are indications of mining exercise All of the biggest method over to Centennial and Ute Valley Park. A pair of Of these are nonetheless seen from Centennial, shut to the flip off at Vindicator. Some are attrihowevered to be An factor of the Pike View Mine, However the out there maps of the Pike View Do not level out any Reference to these. Almost all Of these previous workings have been buried when houses have been constructed On The very Greater of the valley. Cautious examination reveals A pair of of the mine exercise All of the biggest method Proper down to the mine On The doormethod to the valley, however no brick-making exercise.
As quickly as I’ve extra information I am going to converse extra Regarding The two mines that have been in Rockrimmon. These Weren’t An factor of the Pike View complicated. The coal mines in El Paso County coated an space from Centennial to Shriever Area Strain Base, in An excellent arch. The coal area It is hooked up to runs north All of the biggest Method to Wyoming.
E.M. “Mel” McFarland is an artist, historian and railroad fanatic. He is a Pikes Peak area native and has written a handful of books and guides highlighting The world’s rich historic previous. Contact Mel at [email protected]