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UNCOMPAHGRE
A Guide to the Uncompaghre Plateau
by Mildred Jacobs Porter

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INDEX
Abajo Mountains, 119
Alaska gold fever, 128
Albin, Bert and Irma, 189
Altrurian, The, 199, 200
Annadora Opera House, 133
Antone Springs, 174, 186
Arches National Monument, 118
arrowheads, 81
aspen trees, 152, 186
Atomic Energy Reserve, 43

Baars, Donald L., 118
Bad Point, 61, 78
bank robbery, 65-67
Baptisty Braun, 178
Basque sheepherders, 191
Beal, Chet, 48
Bear Den Rim, 61
Bear Pen Gulch, 105, 108
bears, 192
beaver trappers, 176-180
bee-stings for rheumatism, 121
Ben Lowe Flats, 136
Big Bucktail Canyon, 149
Big Red, 196
Blatchley, 66
Black Canyon, 18, 132
black walnuts, 160
BLM (Bureau of Land Management), 35, 73-76, 180
Blue Creek, 47
Blumberg, Bill, 62
Blumberg, Brown, 84
Bonneville, Rich, 128
bootleggers, 90, 166
Bowen, M.D., 200
brands, 59
Brent, Tom 30
Brickyard Hill, 140
Briggs Mesa, 61
Brown's Hole, 178
Brushy Ridge, 62, 65, 77
Buck Canyon, 61
Bug Point, 53, 65
Bull Creek, 174
Bull Draw, 78
Bunch Ground Branch, 53
Burritt, Ray, 102
Burro Creek, 114, 117
Burro Creek formation 116
Butcher Knife 61
Buttermilk Spring, 176

Cactus Park, 27
Calamity Mesa, 46, 104, 202
California Mesa, 48
Calhoun Cow Camp 104
Calhoun, Alex, 61, 202
Calhoun cattle outfit, 33, 56
California Mesa, 138
Camp Ridge, 28, 29, 65
Campbell-Jones shooting, 78
Cap Smith's house, 92, 94
Campbell Point, 78
Captain Jack, 24, 60
carnotite, 43, 148
Carson, George, 38
Carson Hole, 36, 38, 53
Carver, Bert, 114
Cassidy, Butch, 66
Casto Reservoir, 38
CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), 108, 112
chain clearing, 71-72
Chief Captain Billy, 151
Chief Colorow, 60
Chief Douglas, 24
Chief Ouray, 24, 143
Chief Shavano, 60
Chillycoat Pass, 128
Chinle formation, 21, 96
Chipeta, 143
Christmas Rock archeology dig, 182
chuck wagon, 31
Club cattle outfit, 32, 34, 58, 202
Club Cow Camp 104, 126
Coal Canyon, 149
Coffee Pot, 62
Cold Springs Ranger Station, 53
Cole, Emma, 184
Collins, Charley
Colona, 152
Colony Mill, 199
Colorado Cooperative Company, 198
Colorado Division of Wild Life, 94
Colorado Museum of Natural History, 100
Colorado National Monument, 20
Colorado State Historical Society, 171
Columbine Pass, 61, 77, 126, 128, 144, 148-149
Columbine Ranger Station, 132
Cooley, Rick, 128
Copper King mine. 124, 149
Cottonwood Canyon, 61, 176, 196, 199
cow camps, 55, 58
Coyote Basin, 61, 78
Crabill, Fred, 100
Crisswell Creek, 174
Cross Camp, 46, 61

Dakota Sandstone formation, 22, 28, 80, 82, 160
Dallas, 204, 210
Dallas Divide, 148, 201, 204
Dannels, Maudie, 142, 143
Darling, Elisha, 152, 156
Darling Lake, 32, 33, 171, 174
Dave Wood Road, 160, 201-211
Davis, John, 92
Dead Horse Canyon, 211
Dead Horse Pasture, 46
deer, 186, 189, 192
Deer Creek, 80
Deer Run, 80
Delta, 104, 126, 132
Delta bank robbery, 65-67
Delta County Historical Society, 182
Dempsey, Jack, 140
Denver & Rio Grande, 184, 204
Dewdrop Spring, 202
Diehl, Charles, 200
Dillard, J.D.,32, 33, 36, 44, 58, 64, 104, 105, 120, 121, 128, 151, 176, 202
Dinner Park, 62
dinosaur dig, 106-108
Dipping Vat Creek, 193
diphtheria, 90
Divide Forks Campground, 41
Divide Road, 16, 20, 27, 31, 34, 53, 55, 65, 67, 77, 80, 103, 108, 112, 114, 122, 149, 160, 171, 174, 192, 196, 200, 201
Divide Road Picnic Campground, 36
Dolores River, 18, 51, 118, 146
Dominguez-Escalante expedition, 51, 180
Dominguez Recreation Area, 25
Dominguez Canyon 27, 47, 62, 77
Donley, Fred, 189
Donley Sheep Camp, 193
Dot cattle outfit, 59
drift fences, 34, 68
Dry Creek Canyon, 166, 176
Dry Fork, 84, 86, 122, 123
Dry Fork Project, 123
Dry Mesa, 106
Duck Ponds, 176
Dakota Sandstone formation, 22, 28,

Engelmann spruce, 156
Enore, Bert, 59
Entrada formation, 82
Escalante Canyon, 27, 29, 55, 77, 80, 102
Escalante Breaks, 78

Fat Man's Misery, 104
Federal Grade, 133, 138
First Park, 199, 200
flank cinch, 46
flowers, varieties, 25, 144
flume, 198, 199
forest fires set by Utes, 36
Forest Service, 35, 72-76, 148, 149, 160, 199
Fort Crawford, 152
Fort Uncompahgre, 178
47 Creek, 48
47 cattle outfit, 60, 117
47 Pack Trail, 122
four-wheel drive roads, 25, 182
Foster, John, 47

Galloping Goose, 210
Galloway Springs, 196
game populations, 72
geological formations, 82
Gheen, Sheriff Ben, 63
Gibson, Shorty, 92
Gilbert, Bill, 29
Gilbert, Carl, 29
Gilbert, Zoe, 29
Gill Creek, 36, 38
Glade Park, 20
Goddard, WE., 182
Gold Road, 81
gold, 81, 100, 122, 143, 198
Good Point, 61, 78
Government Springs, 152
Grade Gulch, 123
Grand Mesa, 17, 132, 194
granite formations, 20, 22
granite quarry, 20
grazing permits, 35 200
Great Depression, 108, 148
Gunnison, Capt. John, 180
Gunnison River, 18, 50

Happy Canyon, 176
Hellcat, 31
Hell's Hole, 61
Hendrickson, Morgan, 34, 35, 60, 62, 112, 123
Highway (Colorado 62), 201
Highway (Colorado 141), 20, 211
Highway (U.S. 50), 20, 211
Hilkey, John, 29
hippies, 144
Hog Park, 78
honey production, 128
Horsefly, 189
Horsefly Bench, 189
Horsefly Canyon, 189
Horsefly Creek, 210
Horsefly Mesa, 208, 210
Horsefly Peak (Mosca), 189
Horsefly Ridge, 189
Horsefly Springs, 189
Howard Flats, 211, 208
How the West Was Won, 208
Huffington, Nelson, 87
Huffington, Oscar, 30, 63, 87-89, 105, 120, 122
Hughes, Charley, 194
Hungry, 38
Hungry Gulch, 40, 46
Hunting Ground

Indian artifacts, 28, 182, 196
Indian camp site, 28
Indian flint mines, 166
Indian game trap, 80-81
Indian leather tanning, 105
Indian petroglyphs, 28, 86
Indian rice grass, 76
Indian village remains, 100-102
Indian Creek, 80
Indian Park, 104
Iron Springs, 186, 189, 191, 192, 196, 200

Jacks Canyon 22, 31
Jeff Lick, 31, 120
Jensen, Dr. James, 106
Happy Canyon, 176 jerky, 123
Johnson & Johnson (Club) cattle company, 32
Johnson Spring, 201, 204, 208, 210, 211
Jones, Eddie and Vivian, 72, 108, 160
junipers, 158, 160

Karo Hill, 62
Kaup, Ruby, 208
Kayenta formation, 82
Kelso Point, 61
killing, La Fair Hill, 40
King Judge A.R., 140
Kit Carson aspen, 171

La Fair Canyon, 36
La Fair Hill shooting, 40
Landers, Joe, 33, 34
Langdon, 105, 121
larkspur, poison, 69
La Sals, 118
Last Dollar Mountain
Lathrop, Howard, 29-30
Leonard Basin, 47
Leonard Ridge, 47
Leopard Creek, 204, 208, 211
Lightning Basin, 61
Little Red Canyon, 192, 200
Little Round Mountain, 122
Lockhart, Ted, 62
Log Hill, 152
Lone Cone, 46, 149, 200, 210
Long Point, 78
Love, John, 106
Love Mesa, 61, 105, 106
Lowe, Ben, 29, 30, 91, 136
lumbering, 156

McCarty bank robbery 65-67
McCarty Bench, 65
McCarty Gang, 65, 122
McCarty, Justin, 65
McCarty Trail, 65
McClellan saddle, 75
McElroy, bootlegger, 90
McHugh, 63
McKee, Frank, 144
Magnolia Route, 208
Mailbox Branch, 53, 55
Mancos Shale, 80
marijuana, 166
Massey Bench, 47
Massey Cowcamp, 53
Massey, Preach, 63
Massey, Weston, 35, 56, 78
Maupin, Ed, 46, 60
Maupin, R.P., 182
Maupin, Sam, 61
Maverick Canyon, 66
Mears, Otto, 204
Middle Point, 78
Model T Ford, 86
Moeller, Pauline McKee, 143
Moon Mesa, 78
Monitor Creek, 176
Monitor Mesa, 61, 182
Montrose, 146, 148, 162, 192
Monument Hill, 103
Moore Creek, 174
Morrison layer, 43, 82
Mount Sneffles, 201
Mount Unaweep, 24
Mountain View, 149
movie filming, 208
Mudhole Bunch Ground, 34, 114
Musser Cattle outfit, 29, 82
Musser, Don, 29
Musser, Eda, 98, 138
Musser, John, 85, 98
Musser, Kelso, 98
Mustin, Tom, 202

Narrows, The, 36, 38
Narrows, The (25 Mesa), 140, 143, 176
Nasty Park, 64, 122, 123
Negro Gulch, 63, 87
Night Raiders, 30
No Man's Mesa, 27
No-ochi (Ute), 151
Norwood, 162
Norwood Hill, 204
Nucla, 126, 146, 162, 192, 200
Nucla-Delta Road, 146-149, 196
Nutting, Oliver, 184

Olathe, 162, 166, 171
Ophir, 204
Outlaw Mesa, 47, 104
overgrazing, 35

Paradox Valley, 18, 118
peach orchards, 87, 89
Permitee picnic, 34
Peterson, Axel, 47
petroglyphs, 28, 86
Picket Corral, 87, 100
pine chewing bum, 158
Pine Mountain Road, 43
pine nuts, 158
Pinyon, 198, 200
pinyon pine, 158
placer mining, 32
Placerville, 184, 204
Point Rock, 80
poison fences, 69, 88
pole-worm fences 34
ponderosa pine, 36, 156
Pool Creek, 174
porcupines, 158
Porter Cow Camp, 117, 120, 126
Potato Mountain, 47
Potter Basin, 61, 136, 182
Potter Creek, 174
Poverty Flat, 27
Price, Ash, 121

Queen's Point, 61

raspberries, 38
Raspberry Creek, 192
Rattlesnake Bench 122, 149
Reade Hill, 196
Ridgway, 210
Rivera, Don Juan Maria de, 50, 176
Robber's Roost, 66
Roberts Bros. 32, 61, 124, 135, 144, 184
Robidoux, Antoine, 176-180
Rocky Pitch, 31
Roubideau Canyon 104, 143, 171, 174, 186
Roubideau Honor Camp, 69, 180
Rough Draw, 61
Round Mountain, 48, 149
roundup, 31-34

Sagehen Ridge, 61
Salt Creek Canyon, 119
salt formations, 118
salt haulers, 121
salt roads, 31
Salt Valley, 118
Sampson, Cash, 91
Sams (Ski Dallas), 211
Sanbom Park, 210
Sanders, J. Frank, 132
San Juan Range, 15, 18
San Miguel cattle outfit, 32
San Miguel River, 32, 116, 119, 199, 210
Sawmill Mesa, 61, 123, 138
sawmills, 61, 152, 162, 198, 199
Sawtell, 63, 100
scrub oak, 194, 196
semiprecious stones, 28
Sewell, Charles, 136
Sharp, Fred, 34
Shavano, 60, 176, 189, 196
Sheep Creek, 32, 196
sheep war, 28-30, 92
Short Point, 78
Shreeves, Bert, 30, 83-84, 87
Shreeves, Emma Roethenbach, 83-84
Silesca Ranger Station, 189, 193, 199
Simpson, Ray, 67
Sinbad Basin, 118
Skinner, Sam, 61, 138
Skinner, Elmer, 138
Slocum, 33
Smith, Cap (Henry A.) 85, 92-96
Smith, Carl, 124, 135
Smith Creek, 53
Smokehouse Springs Campground, 120, 123
Snipe Mountain, 77
soap kettle murders, 171
S.O.B Hill, 43, 61
Socks and Dan Mesa, 61
Sowbelly Ridge, 63
Spanish explorers, 50
spooks, 34
Spring (North) Fork, 100
Spruce Mountain, 117, 126
Star Mesa, 27
Starvation Point, 46, 149
Stephens, Esther, 194
Stockham, Harry, 30
Stone and Timber Act, 156
Stone, Bob 62
Stone's Bench, 62
stump-puller, 142

Tabeguache, 48, 60, 65, 67, 117, 149, 151
Table Rock, 91
Tarantula Reservoir, 61
Taylor Grazing Act, 71
T-Bone Springs Campground, 108
Telluride, 202, 204, 210
Tenderfoot Mesa, 44
Terrible Creek, 61, 174
The Forks, 96, 98
"The Government" (Elmer Reed), 35
The Tongue of Starvation, 46, 104, 126
tombstone carver, 92
Transfer Road, 162-166, 171
Traver Creek, 174, 202
Traver Mesa, 202
Traver, Ike, 202
Triangle Mesa, 27
True Grit, 208
Tumble Creek, 196, 198, 199
Turkey Plot, 61
Tuttle Draw, 149
25 Mesa, 16, 132-138, 146, 174, 176

 

Unaweep Canyon, 18, 20, 27, 31, 43, 96, 148
Uncompahgre, meaning of, 15
Uncompahgre Butte, 67, 77
Uncompahgre Uplift, 16, 118
Uncompahgre Valley, 50, 152
Uncompahgre National Forest, 75, 189
United States Placer Co., 198
Uravan, 104
Uranium Road, 41, 47
uranium mines, 43
Utah-Colorado Cattle outfit, 59
Ute chiefs, 24, 60,
Ute Council Tree, 132
Ute (No-ochi), 151,
Ute racetrack, 48
Ute smokehouse, 123
Ute trails, 47-48, 51, 132
Utes, eviction of 32, 151
Utes, forest fires set by, 36, 136, 194

Vanaken, Sheriff, 166

Wagon Park, 62
Walker, Frank, 90-91
Ward, Frank, 85, 90, 100
Water Glass, 61
West Dry Fork, 192
West Elk Range, 15
West Horsefly Creek, 152
Whickie, 104
whipsaw mill, 152
White, Noah, 140
Whitewater, 20
Wild Bunch, The, 208
Williams, Joseph, 178
Willow Creek, 61
Windy Point, 116-120
Wingate Sandstone formation, 82, 96
Wood, Dave, 204-211
WPA (Works Progress Administration), 87, 108, 112

  
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