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"COLORADO SPIRIT QUEST"
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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Italian miners came to Como in 1871 seeking coal. They named their town for a tiny lake in their native Como, Italy. By 1879 Como was a tent city of workers for the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad. The town was the terminus for the D, S.P. & P RR before the tracks were extended to Gunnison via the Alpine Tunnel and later a second rail route was built over Boreas Pass from Como to Breckenridge and Leadville. All this railroad activity increased Como's importance . The railroad was serviced by a roundhouse, depot and division repair shops. Travelers and the town's 600 residents were provided for by Chinese laundries, three hotels, brothels, shops and saloons.
In 1910, the Alpine Tunnel route of the D, S.P. & P RR was closed and much of the rail traffic through town declined.
Faithful efforts to restore the railroad depot and prominent roundhouse, (seen on the right side of the dirt road as you enter town), culminated in a re-dedication on August 22, 2015. There are several historic buildings in town. A 2-story, wood-frame hotel sits on the site of the Pacific Hotel which burned in 1869. the current hotel is open for business and also serves meals. What appears to be a wooden shed next to the hotel is actually the former depot. Across the street there is a 1910 brick building that was once a saloon. During and after Prohibition it served as a merchantile.
The Como Cemetery is .4 miles north of town. The cemetery looks deceptively small, but if you continue into the grove of aspens, there are actually about 200 graves..
The cache container is a cammoed pill bottle with only a log. Please provide your own writing implement. No need to dig around in the cemetery – you can find this one along the road at fence line by only moving a small log. Please replace well.