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Colorado Spirit Quest #1 - Golden Mountain Passage

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Hidden : 6/30/2008
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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The Colorado Spirit Quest is a series of Caches placed by many individuals, near cemeteries and historic sites in hopes of paying respect to the many pioneer ancestors that have ‘walked’ before us.

There are hundreds of cemeteries in the rural and mountain communities across Colorado.  This series will introduce you to many of them.

The cache pages will provide a virtual history tour of the cemeteries and tombstones.

COLORADO SPIRIT QUEST is not affiliated with any other ‘Spirit Quest’ group.  Special thanks and credit are given to SixDogTeam who started the Indiana Spirit Quest in 2004. The idea has rapidly spread into many states.

The CSQ endeavor is an enormous and relentless task.  It cannot be accomplished by just one or two people.  This project will only flourish if there is a multitude of volunteer cachers  willing to place these caches. 

After locating the cache container, take some time to reflect back on the lives of those pioneers and the effort it took to make Colorado such a great state.

If you are interested in joining the “Walking Through History Clan” contact may be made by sending an e-mail to the owner of “Colorado Spirit Quest #1 – Mountain Passage”.  Use the ‘Send Message” link at the center of the page of their profile.

Each person that places a CSQ cache is responsible for its maintenance.


If you are APPREHENSIVE about cemeteries – AVOID this series.

Thanks to Clan Members: Greasepot, Taylorgeotracker, Ivy Dog Parents, Team Boogity3, and Grand High Pobah, CDirtO, FulComers, and Boborr 80909.   New Clan members are always Welcome

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His life exemplifies 19th century western expansion in the United States.

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, he came to the United States with his parents in 1830.  His childhood was spent in New York state along the Mohawk River.  In 1848 he graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York with a degree in civil engineering. 

In 1855, he found himself in Leavenworth, Kansas with a desire to find a way to unite the east and west coasts of the United States via a transcontinental passage.

It was during the pursuit of that goal that he moved with his bride, Helen Samaria Farrell to Golden City, Kansas Territory in April of 1860 and spent the remainder of his life there, becoming an active citizen of the city and the state.

In 1862 he felt 'called upon to serve his nation' in the Civil War as a Union soldier in the 2nd Colorado Volunteer Infantry.  He received commendations in 1862 after he designed necessary fortification to save Jefferson, Missouri during a rebel attack.

He returned to Golden City in 1866 and was persuaded to run for the state legislature.  Our person of interest named Vasquez Peak, the highest point in the wilderness at 12,947 feet.  He was the founder and engineer of the mountain pass through the Rocky Mountains in the Middle Park area of Colorado.  He was the man that suggested setting railroad rails three feet apart would be more cost effective.  Thus started the Narrow gauge trains.  In addition to his work on railroads throughout the territory and state of Colorado, he helped develop the School of Mines and often taught there, worked as the state historian and was the Mayor of Golden in 1890. (Information for multi web sites.)

This cache was approved by the office manager.

This is a small camouflage medicine bottle with a log.  Please supply you own pen.


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