Platte Canyon

AddressKassler to South Platte
QuadKassler, 1965 (1985); Platte Canyon, 1965 (1985)
SectionS7, T6S, R69W
SourceState inventory form, #30/04/0014, Hiwan Homestead Museum Library
Initialdate1998-07-16 00:00:00-06
Latestdate1999-02-22 00:00:00-07
HistoryNear 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.