• Natural Features
Patterns & Lifestyles
• Ancient Peoples
• Scenic Views
• Public Resources Stewardship
• Wildlife Stewardship
• Benefits of a Heritage Area Program
• Heritage Board Meetings
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
FRANZ LAKE TRAIL
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
center that will tell the story of the Old West for future
on the National Register of Historic Places.