Platte Canyon

Address: Kassler to South Platte

Near the town of South Platte, downstream to Kassler, the South Platte River cuts a deep, narrow canyon through Pre-Cambrian granite and metamorphic gneiss. Occasional crystal-bearing rings are exposed in the metamorphased rocks. In 1874, the Denver, South Park, and Pacific began work on a narrow gauge railroad through the canyon to connect Denver with the rich mining camps of South Park and Leadville. The Denver Water Board maintains a service road along the old railroad bed, which provides access for trout fishermen and cyclists.
Quad Map/Date: Kassler, 1965 (1985); Platte Canyon, 1965 (1985)
Sec/Town/Range: S7, T6S, R69W
Source: State inventory form, #30/04/0014, Hiwan Homestead Museum Library
Last Modified: Mon, February 22 1999

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