History Of The Powderhorn

Colorado’s oldest, continually run, resort. Family owned for 48 years!

Owner Richard Clark purchased the now Powerhorn cabins in 1967. Formally known as the Ken-Dell Cabins.  His first year of operation was 1968 and every year since. 

To be continued…..

 

History Of Gould Colorado                                                                                                                 
-“Edward Bradley Gould was born in Boston and left home at 14 to join the Navy, before arriving in Laramie as a railroad hand. He homesteaded 640 acres in North Park in 1887. Gould went back east to marry a sweetheart who lived in Chicago. As they were returning to North Park from the train station in Laramie, his team and wagon floundered in a Michigan River flood and most of their personal belongings were lost. What a way to begin a marriage and found a town! Their son, Eddy, stayed on to ranch and become Gould’s first mail carrier.”

From:”Timber Times and Tales” Earlene Bradley

 

 

Gould is a small unincorporated community in southeastern Jackson County, Colorado, United States. It is located on State Highway 14, southeast of Walden in North Park. The community is situated in the valley of the Middle Fork of the Michigan River between Owl Mountain and Gould Mountain. The landscape is a patchwork of wetlands, pine forest, aspen groves, and sagebrush. A tavern, campgrounds, community center, and several other businesses cater to local residents and sportsmen. The largest public attraction is the Colorado State Forest Headquarters and Moose Visitor Center. Located at 40.526°N, 106.026°W, the community lies at an elevation of 8913 feet (2717m).

 

The North Park basin was inhabited by American Indians for thousands of years. In the late 19th century white settlers moved into the area. The Ute Indians were subsequently forced to distant reservations at the orders of Gov. F.W. Pitkin. Some Indians remained in the region until the 1920s. In 1886, the LaFever saw-mill opened and in 1887, Edward Bradley Gould, for whom the town is named, homesteaded 640 acres. His only son, Eddy Gould, was the town’s first mail-carrier.

Life at the turn of the 20th century was centered around the timber industry. In 1939 the town of Gould and the Bockman Lumber Camp built simple log cabin schools. A post office and gas station/hotel were also built as well as a general store, known as Belle and Earl’s. The population peaked at ~300 in 1949. A popular “sportin’ house” was run by two older women by the name of Meryl and Maude. It was later known as M&M Lodge.

“During the early 1930s, two Civilian Conservation Corps Camps were built on the state land. The camp south of Gould was later converted into a Prisoner of War Camp during WWII for Germans as well as American conscientious objectors. The German Prisoners of War were used as timber laborers. In the Spring of 1945, a few prisoners escaped the camp and broke into E.B. Shawver’s summer home. They had maps drawn of plans to escape to Mexico, but were discovered the next morning, having had too much to drink from the wine cabinet the night before and were walked back to camp barefoot.”

“After the German POW’s left, the cabins were used as a 4-H camp and by various other groups in the summer.”

In the 1950s the [Colorado State Forest] was created and the headquarters were built on the grounds of a former fish hatchery.

In the 1990s plans to convert the town of Gould and neighboring Colorado State Forest into a ski resort were defeated.

 

Nearby… 

Teller City

 This now Ghost Town was established on a tributary of the Illinois River in 1879 and incorporated on May 27th, 1881.  The reports of rich silver deposits in the area opened the flood gates to many hopefuls.  
    The town got its name when the post office was established and named in honor of Senator Henry M. Teller. It was considered a principal town of the area with trading routes to Grand Lake, Laramie and Albany in Wyoming.  
    The town founded the first newspaper in the area called “North Park Miner”, a very influential paper of its time.  At one time the town could boast a forty room hotel, two doctors, smelting works, sawmills, and most important to the nearly 2000 people were the twenty-seven saloons.
 
    However,  transportation costs to ship the minerals was expensive. People just couldn’t  afford to live.  Moreover, the price of silver drastically dropped so the town was abandoned by 1885.  The post office operated from 1880 to 1885.
Recently The Reporter Herald in Loveland Co. printed a wonderful article on this historical Ghost town CLICK HERE to read.
Written on January 15th, 2013

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