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South Park City

South Park City

And for the South Park fans, yes there is a town called South Park (ish). South Park City is a collection of historic buildings in a recreation of a historic mining town. It is in the town of Fairplay. mcdewey

Fairplay Gingerbread

Fairplay Gingerbread

This house in Fairplay is representative of the style of housing built in the 1860’s and 1870’s. This is sometimes referred to as Victorian architecture but that term is a bit squishy. People call these houses “gingerbread” around here. With the use of steam powered scroll saws to mass produce the intricate parts, the price of building a house in this style was kept low. As the houses aged, the increased cost of maintenance due to the intricate scroll work…

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RoundHouse

RoundHouse

This is the roundhouse of the former train depot in the town of Como. The stone structure here has bays for 6 engines. It was expanded at various times with wooden construction to include space for 13 more. Coal fired engines and wooden structures don’t get along too well. In 1938 the last train left Como and pulled up the tracks behind it. mcdewey This picture was inpainted to remove power lines. The rainbow is real.  

Como

Como

This is the belfry of the Como Civic Center. The town of Como served as the nexus for the railround in its heyday. Not a ghost town, it has a booming population of 20 people or so. mcdewey

South Park

South Park

Out trip descends quickly into South Park. This is a beautiful isolated place. I took 22 pictures for this mosaic. All but 3 are part of it. The picture is 60 megapixels. Printed it would be 45 inches by 15 inches. Click here for a 50% resolution of the full mosaic. mcdewey

White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

This little guy was making quite a bit of noise as we walked around on the summit. Even so, he was very hard to find. Once I determined his general direction I spent quite a while stalking him to get close enough for this picture. mcdewey

Tundra

Tundra

These tiny flowers are in full bloom. They are typical of the tiny and/or stunted plants grown in tundra at a high altitude. Facebookers, go to my website to see another picture that gives you a better idea of the size. The large object on the lower left is the toe of my sneaker. mcdewey

The View To South Park

The View To South Park

South Park is a real place. It is a large high altitude basin, @ 10,000 feet. It is about 1,000 square miles and contains several small towns. The largest town is Fairplay with a population of @ 600. mcdewey

The Town of Boreas

The Town of Boreas

This is all that remains of the Town of Boreas that was constructed at the high point of the pass. The town served primarily to house workers for the rail line. During the peak of its use, the rail line have 20 trains a day pass over it. To keep the train tracks clear across the pass, they constructed a snow shed 600 feet long. Coal fire engines and wood don’t mix for very log and it burned to the…

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