Lulu City Site

Estes Park, Colorado

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Faint remnants of failed dreams of mining fortunes rest along the peaceful headwaters of the Colorado River. Colorado contains many history fanatics eager to explore the state’s mining past. But even this mining multitude finds few structural remnants of the search for silver at the site of Lulu City, which disappointed humans abandoned in the 1880s, about ten years after it was founded. Very common, however, along the Colorado River Trail through the long-ago hopes of seekers of riches are structures built by even older contributors to American capital: the nation’s largest rodent, the beaver. In the 1830s, when most of the American economy depended on agriculture, bold mountain men of European ancestry ventured into the Rocky Mountains to kill beavers and peel their hides, which had miniscule barbs on their hairs. Thus beaver pelts were particularly suited for felting to make water-repellent hats.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Faint remnants of failed dreams of mining fortunes rest along the peaceful headwaters of the Colorado River. Colorado contains many history fanatics eager to explore the state’s mining past. But even this mining multitude finds few structural remnants of the search for silver at the site of Lulu City, which disappointed humans abandoned in the 1880s, about ten years after it was founded.

Very common, however, along the Colorado River Trail through the long-ago hopes of seekers of riches are structures built by even older contributors to American capital: the nation’s largest rodent, the beaver. In the 1830s, when most of the American economy depended on agriculture, bold mountain men of European ancestry ventured into the Rocky Mountains to kill beavers and peel their hides, which had miniscule barbs on their hairs. Thus beaver pelts were particularly suited for felting to make water-repellent hats.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 9,010 feet
Top Elevation: 9,360 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www/nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Lulu City Site

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