Whither Pack-Burro Racing?

The sages tell us that everything is always changing, and in fact the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said that nothing endures but change itself. Thus is the case of Colorado’s indigenous sport of pack-burro racing. It began back in 1949 with a race over Mosquito Pass to Fairplay. Nearly seven decades later I’m beginning to wonder […]

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The Hilltop Mine – A Relic at 12,900 Feet

Story and photos by Maisie Ramsay High atop the wind-blasted saddle between Mount Sherman and Mount Sheridan sits the time capsule that is the Hilltop Mine. This is not the kind filled with trinkets and buried for future discovery – no, the Hilltop Mine is an accidental time capsule, a relic of times long past, […]

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The South Park City Museum

By Laura Van Dusen At South Park City Museum in Fairplay, time stands still. Visitors there can wander through buildings salvaged from the gold and silver mining craze of the 1860s-1890s. They can touch the furnishings, sit in the chairs or even lie in the beds once occupied by frontier Colorado miners and railroad tycoons. […]

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Who’s the Boss? The Wind Is in Charge

by Jane Koerner The house shakes and groans as the shriek of a locomotive cuts short a fitful sleep. I must be in Kansas, my birthplace, instead of Fairplay, Colorado. I reach for Toto at the foot of the bed. Oh, my! How furry his ears are! How sharp his teeth! And Beast, all 60 […]

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Restaurant Review – Dorothy’s Homemade Tamales

By Central Staff Dorothy’s Homemade Tamales 123 Frontage Rd., Fairplay, CO 80440 719-836-9120, 719-836-4900 (Bowl) Open six days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Wednesdays Dorothy (Montoya) Russell has been making tamales all of her life, and that’s saying something. Dorothy is 74 years old and learned to make the traditional Mesoamerican dish […]

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Protecting Pennsylvania Mountain

by Jane Koerner Pennsylvania Mountain may be too modest in contour and elevation to compete with the fourteeners of international renown, but the biologists don’t complain. While hundreds of hikers elbow their way up the highest peaks of the Mosquito Range, the scientists inspect their decades-old tundra plots relatively undisturbed. On the ridge below their […]

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Former Colorado Ski Areas

Besides the ski areas mentioned in the previous articles, there are quite a few ghost ski areas around Colorado, including the area at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs which operated from 1959-91. Here is a list of others in our region whose glory days are long past. COMO – Indian Mountain Ski Area. The […]

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The Raku pottery of Mark Zamantakis

By Ann Marie Swan A unique chapter of South Park history is that for 27 years, Fairplay was home to a fire-breathing beast that belched smoke for days, luring artists, students and the curious to be near its flames. Master potter Mark Zamantakis fired up his massive three-chambered, wood-burning Japanese kiln in June at an […]

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Suspicious fire destroys Park County court clerk’s office

Brief by Central Staff Fairplay – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Park County got a new courthouse in Fairplay a few years ago — and now it needs to rebuild the court clerk’s office, which was nearly destroyed by a fire on May 31. The fire, which demolished the equipment and computers in the […]

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