Lake City, Colorado
We traveled 12 miles of the historic Engineer Pass Road which was a major stagecoach and freight route when it was opened in the late 1870’s. Like so many other mountain routes in the area, it was built by Otto Mears as a toll road. Leaving from Lake City the road follows beautiful Henson Creek.
Capitol City is a ghost town found along this road. It was founded in 1877 and had a population of 400. It’s founders wanted it to become the capit0l of Colorado, hence the name. Here are tw0 of the remaining log buildings along the trail.
A view of Sunshine Peak from Capitol City. The chalet is for sale if anyone is interested.
We took a side trip to Nellie Creek and spotted this 2 tier waterfall in a large aspen grove. Yes, died and gone to heaven.