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SPOT has been the driving force behind several much-used and appreciated local trail initiatives. All these groups-and more-are making their own unique contributions to that composite picture which defines Chaffee County’s “heritage”... Chaffee County Commissioners ...

SALIDA PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND TRAILS

SALIDA PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND TRAILS

FRANZ LAKE TRAIL

HUTCHINSON HOMESTEAD

HUTCHINSON HOMESTEAD

 

SALIDA WALKING PATHS SALIDA WALKING PATHS

Hutchinson Ranch (US 50 between Poncha Springs and Salida) – The old homestead dates to the early 1870s when Civil War veteran Major Joseph Hutchinson and his bride Annabelle McPherson started a family and a cattle ranch business that has remained in the same family ever since.  Scrolled carpentry under the eves of the house was milled in Cañon City and considered fancy for its time. The original house and outbuildings, though unoccupied for 50 years, have survived along with many important artifacts, photographs and letters among family heirlooms.  This helps the current assessment of the site as a future "living history" cultural center that will tell the story of the Old West for future generations.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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