As I mentioned, one of the places I wanted to explore on this trip was the home of Thomas Walsh and his family. Where they went from this, image
to this, image and ref
thanks to this, the Camp Bird Mine.
The most enduring base of operations for these fellow nomads was Ouray, Colorado, or Switzerland of America in this tiny box canyon. The town was unofficially started as a prospecting camp in 1875 and incorporated in 1884. Denver & Rio Grande Railway arrived in Ouray on December 21, 1887. However if you wanted to continue onto Silverton, you had to take the now-called Million Dollar Highway by coach. Believe me scary in a car, very scary as one could imagine by stagecoach. So here are a few snapshots from around town. ref