Roxborough (Images of America)

November 1, 2020
Roxborough (Images of America)

Paleo-Indians hunted Ice Age mammoths and ancestral bison inwhat is now Roxborough, Colorado. In 1820, Stephen A. Long'sexpedition traveled west across the plains into America's westernfrontier and camped along the South Platte River where water rushedinto the Platte Valley from Rocky Mountain peaks. They discoveredan area described by their geologist as "a range of naked andalmost perpendicular rocks . . . resembling a vast wall, parallelto the base of the mountain . . . the whole scenery trulypicturesque and romantic."During the next 200 years, Roxborough has been home to NativeAmericans, mountain men, homesteaders, farmers, miners, dambuilders, ranchers, railroad men, cowboys, and rocket scientists.Families live in sight of hogback formations, soaring red rocks,foothills, and mountains. Thousands arrive each year to hike trailsin Roxborough State Park, Waterton Canyon, Colorado Trail, andHighline Canal. Roxborough's history, geologic wonders, andwilderness is a story of those whose eyes reached toward thestars.