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Custer County’s Largest and Smallest Historic Schoolhouse

District 1 Historic Schoolhouse, Rosita, Colorado Both the largest and smallest historic schoolhouse was located in the center of the mining town of Rosita, Colorado, located on CR 328 (Rosita Road) seven miles southwest of Westcliffe, Colorado. The large two-story building was built on a hill just above the business district. It was to house […]

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The Settlement of Westcliffe, Colorado

The Settlement of Westcliffe, Colorado By Irene Francis on February 4, 2014 The question: What were the names of the families that settled in Westcliffe and what year was that? Rosita, Ula, Querida, Silver Cliff, were names of towns that were settled before Westcliffe.  Groups of people had gathered across the Wet Mountain Valley (WMV) […]

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Schoolhouses Still Standing

I was recently asked, “Are there any schoolhouses still standing in Custer County?” The answer is yes. The Wetmore school is the Library for that town. The Blake log school is still standing even though it has no doors or windows. It is a wooded area on CR 387 across from the Billington ranch. The […]

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Who Said That?

Recently I ran across the saying: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.” Who said that? Intrigued by this saying, I began a Google search which led me to quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt.  As I continued to see who else has been quoted with […]

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