Showing posts with label Historical. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Historical. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Uraling to Slumgullion Pass and visiting the Alferd Packer Massacre Site

Friday, Jun 5

Martha had decided to wait till Saturday to rejoin me here in the Wupperman Campground near Lake City, CO.  This meant I had the day to myself, so of course, some riding was involved.

Easy riding today, it was all paved highway, nicely paved highway too.  CO Hwy 149 is in good condition and lightly traveled.  I rode Fiona out of the campground on Hinsdale County Road 30 until it junctioned with CO Hwy 149 and I turned south.

I made a quick stop along the way at the Lake San Cristobal Scenic Overlook.  A short walk and one is presented with a nice view of the lake:

Lake San Cristobal

About ten miles later, I was at the summit of Slumgullion Pass:

Those are the San Juan Mountains

 Uncompahgre Peak

 Sunshine Peak on left, Redcloud Peak middle and Red Mountain right

Wetterhorn Peak left, Uncompahgre Peak middle and Crystal Peak right
This view from the Windy Point Scenic Overlook

Making my way back to Lake City, I stopped at the memorial site for the Alferd Packer Massacre.  Also known as Colorado's Cannibal, it's quite the tale of desperate survival back in the day.

More on Alferd Packer here:  LINK


The site is pretty small, basically a tiny parking lot, a couple of signs (weather beaten and faded), a memorial plaque and some small crosses.

Here's some closeups of parts of the signs that weren't too faded:




This carving gives Alferd a bit of the "Helter Skelter" look

Source: Denver Public Library


Back at the campground, I checked out one of the other interesting campsites, maybe we'll get this one next time we're here:

Site 21

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vintage Colorado Motorcycling

Regular readers know, I am fond of the "Then and Now" motif for blog postings, depicting scenes/buildings from over a century ago and showing how they look today.  My main source of historical photos has been the great archive run by the Denver Public Library.

As I'd been focused on the "Then and Now" theme, I'd neglected to do more "fun" searches of this large set of photographical archives.  Here's what I found when I searched for the terms Sidecar and Motorcycle, I hope you enjoy these photos as I did.  Note: Unless noted otherwise, source of all photos is from the link above.

Circa 1910-1920, near the Archer Canal in Denver
The tug is a Thor Motorcycle, the logo on the sidecar appears to say Rogers
"That is not a happy looking monkey"

arl18, date unknown
 Otha Rice, a Denver Businessman, here as a teenager astride
an Indian Motorcycle.

Circa 1910-1920
A Denver neighborhood with a motorcycle parked out front.

Man on Excelsior Autocycle, near Archer Canal, Denver
Circa 1910-1915

Man standing with motorcycle, on Alameda Avenue, Denver
Circa 1910-1920

Circa 1910?
The engine/transmission is in the front wheel!

Circa 1922
Harry M. Rhoads and his Daughter
He was a Denver Post Photographer who apparently
rode this Indian motorcycle to assignments.

View of the Gates Rubber Co. Building circa 1910-1920
Closeup below is of the motorcycle shown in the photo above.

 It kind of looks like an Indian Motorcycle but not sure.

Circa 1925-1935
Closeup of Police Officer and motorcyle
in front of ambulance.
Anyone recognize the logo on the gas tank?

Old and New Steeds at an Play Fair Opening Day 
Celebration in Central City, CO.
Circa 1965

An early motorcycle race circa 1910-1930

 Winter-Weiss, got its start apparently with sidecars, and 
later on manufactured trailers for the military during WWII
Below three pictures were some of their products.

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Circa 1930

 Next time you think it's a bother to bring along that small point and shoot camera:
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and Winter-Weiss Sidecar platform
Circa 1920-1930

Mobile advertising at its best, back in the day.....
An Indian Motorcycle with a Winter-Weiss Sidecar Platform
and an oversized Milk Bottle.

Hope you enjoyed this peak at yesteryear in terms of motorcycles here in the great state of Colorado.  If you can identify any of the motorcycles more fully, please let me know.