*Climbing winding roads up through sandstone walled canyons that trace back into the heart of frozen granite rock and icy water – a place where the rivers change direction.*
The Front Range of the Colorado Rockies runs north and south along the I-25 corridor between Pueblo, Colorado. and Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is a stunningly picturesque peek at the eastern face of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Range. To see the Continental Divide – where the rivers change direction, one must travel deeper into the Rockies.
On a roughly 150 mile loop from Denver to Estes Park and back, I chose to start with a visit to a museum in Lyons, Colorado. My pre-trip research revealed a showing of some antique cameras at the Redstone Museum, in Lyons. Little did I know that Lyons now had its very own museum! I pulled up to 343 High Street and noted an old brick 3 story structure on top of the highest mound of earth in any direction for quite a ways. I suspect the old time locals know that during the spring thaw and flood season, at their end of the canyon, it is probably good to know where the high ground is.
Just over the hill on the Big Thompson River, 40 years ago there was a mighty flash flood that killed many an unsuspecting camper. You can read about it here. It’s never a good idea to make camp in low areas especially near a river. A rain storm far away and high in the mountains that feed that river can be cause for a flash flood that could take you and all of your gear away down the river with it.
There was a good collection of arrowheads native to the regions Ute aboriginal tribe. Interesting to note that many of the arrowheads and other primitive tools were not what we would consider “ancient”. Many of the arrowheads were dated at only about 200 years. It is important to note that the aboriginal people of this area were still using the stone arrowhead, the spear and primitive stone blades up until a couple hundred years ago.
There were a few cameras that dated back more than a century.
…and then I came upon an interesting frame of the Lyons High School graduating class of 1958. A total of 9 students. After scrutinizing the pictures, I might guess that one of those photos may actually be the teacher, so class of 8. It is curious to see old pics like these to check out the style of hair and fashion of the day. With a graduating class of 8 students one can gain a clear understanding how small and relatively remote the community of Lyons, a suburb of Denver, was just 60 years ago. Colorado probably had more beef steers than people at that time!
Creaky old buildings can store a lot of memories. A history of one little spot on a map.