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Critchell


Address5 mi. S.W. of Phillipsburg
QuadIndian Hills, 1965 (1994)
SectionS27, T6S, R70W
Elevation7681
SourceMoynihan & Waters, "Mountain Memories," pp. 105-107.
OtherCritchell Post Office
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Initialdate1992-02-18 00:00:00-07
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Latestdate1995-11-07 00:00:00-07
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HistoryThe town was platted Sept.10,1897, shortly after Charles Redfield Critchell and Associates formed the Cuillard Townsite Mining and Milling Co. In 1900, it was predicted that Critchell would become a city of 1000 inhabitants and a second Cripple Creek, but it never progressed beyond a few families, a post office, school, store, blacksmith shop and the town well. Some mines were worked for a few years but the ore was of poor quality. All traces of a mining town are gone now. An old-timer, the late Carl L. Kuehster told of knowing Alferd Packer, the convicted Colorado cannibal, as a "nice man" who helped at the store and raised rabbits in his later years. The town was named for C.R.Critchell.
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