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maysville coloradoEarly road trip up Monarch Pass


Directions: US Hwy 50, about 12 miles west of Salida

Maysville and its landmark one-room schoolhouse, which was not originally red as you see it, flourished briefly as a rail and toll-road terminus and Chaffee County’s largest town in 1881 until tracks were laid farther up to Monarch and over Marshall Pass to Gunnison. Ore containing silver and other minerals funneled down from mines on all three sides of Maysville, which had a ore-processing mill for a short time and post office from 1879-1893. The Maysville Chronicle had a circulation of over 1000, the largest in the county at the time. Maysville once had dance halls, supply stores, and about a half dozen saloons. A small fire burned five buildings in July of 1880 and the town pretty much died with the 1893 mineral price panic.

South of U.S. Hwy. 50
National Register 4/29/1999, 5CF.333

A cross-gabled bell tower tops the roof of this wood frame rural schoolhouse. The building's current one-story configuration dates from 1912. A single classroom was located at the east end of the building, and the teacher's living quarters occupied the west end. The school continued in operation until 1939, and the property has been owned by the Salida Museum Association since 1977. The property is associated with the Rural School Buildings in Colorado Multiple Property Submission.

Currently under rehabilitation by the Salida Museum and Maysville Homeowners Associations.

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