chaffee county scenic byways
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Directions: Located along US Hwy 24, about 16 miles north of Buena Vista

This town began as a stage stop in the 1860s, then a Denver & Rio Grande and Colorado Midland RR Station in the 1880s.  In 1868 voters chose it as the new county seat of Lake County. It became the Chaffee County Seat in 1879, when Chaffee County separated from Lake County.  Judge Elisa F. Dyer was assassinated in his own courtroom here in 1875 in a trial of those involved in the “Lake County War.”

North bank of Pine Creek, vicinity of Granite
National Register 12/27/1978, 5CF.138

Located in the Pine Creek mining district, structures in the complex include a cabin, a burro shed/bunk house, a forge, and several related outbuildings. All date from the 1880s and are constructed of hand hewn logs with A and V joints. Low pitch gabled roofs were made of logs, mud, dirt, and grass. Such intact examples of early log mining camps are rare as many were quickly abandoned or replaced with wood frame or masonry structures. Harry Littlejohn, who acquired the property in 1920 and lived and worked there until his death in 1952, is credited with maintaining the integrity of the complex.

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