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Old 05-20-2007, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Very Cool. Thanks Nadine and Jazzlover.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Default Castle Rock, Highway 85, 1925

Shows paved Highway 85 as Wilcox street. View looking south (I think).

COS to Denver before I-25-castle_rock_1925.jpg
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:24 AM
 
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Wish Castle Rock still looked like that now. Another paradise lost. (By the way, it didn't look a whole lot different than than that in the early to mid '60's.)
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Shows paved Highway 85 as Wilcox street. View looking south (I think).

Attachment 3680
You sure that is looking South? I am not finding the landmarks I want but it looks North to me. Don't take my word for it tho.
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I think it is looking south. Check out this Google Earth screen capture looking south. Compare with the 1925 photo. Pikes Peak in the far background? Note the mesa on the right side. Note the bridge over the creek on the west side of town.

COS to Denver before I-25-castle_rock_looking_south.jpg
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:48 PM
 
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I'm pretty darn sure it's looking south. Plum Creek is visible on the west side of town (at that time, most all of the town of Castle Rock was east of Plum Creek). The original County Courthouse is visible in about the center of the photo. It burned in 1978. The Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad tracks are at the left of the photo; the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe tracks at the far right (across Plum Creek). Photo was probably taken from the top of Castle Rock itself. Nifty looking little town. Sorry, but there hasn't been much of anything built since about 1940 that architecturally trips my trigger. The architecture in those older buildings has far more character than most any of the newer stuff. And the more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood character that was prevalent until the suburban boom is much more enticing. Guess I was born about 75 years too late.
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm pretty darn sure it's looking south. Plum Creek is visible on the west side of town (at that time, most all of the town of Castle Rock was east of Plum Creek). The original County Courthouse is visible in about the center of the photo. It burned in 1978. The Denver & Rio Grande Western railroad tracks are at the left of the photo; the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe tracks at the far right (across Plum Creek). Photo was probably taken from the top of Castle Rock itself. Nifty looking little town. Sorry, but there hasn't been much of anything built since about 1940 that architecturally trips my trigger. The architecture in those older buildings has far more character than most any of the newer stuff. And the more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood character that was prevalent until the suburban boom is much more enticing. Guess I was born about 75 years too late.
OK, I think you are right. I missed the shadow that is Pikes Peak. Yes I love the beautiful old buildings too. We were driving to Coors field and everyone in the car told me to shut up and quit harping. We past some beautiful buildings surrounded by those ugly mirrored and glass things. And that old Station there at Coors field is absolutely gorgeous. Pleasantly surprised that those glass and mirror people did not destroy it as so many are or let go to rack and ruin. Our small town has some real nice building that are in so so condition, some covered up with whatever and some restored. We have so many built from the stone taken from the quarry that forms the back wall of the old Territorial prison. Then built the wall and the guard houses etc. I don't know my stone makeup but it sure built some pretty buildings.
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Old 06-04-2007, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Default Colorado Highway 85 1920's photo

Photo Digitization Project (http://carnegie.ppld.org/SpecialCollections/Project/admin/FullDisplay.asp?ID=426 - broken link)

Other interesting photos here:

Special Collections - Digital Photograph Archives - Decade Browse (http://carnegie.ppld.org/SpecialCollections/Project/DecadeBrowse.asp - broken link)


I didn't take my medicine so the neurosis is back:
Still working on getting info on the common route from downtown COS to DEN especially from downtown COS to the Palmer Divide. Got calls into the AAA and the UCCS Geography Department. Will visit the Special Collections Department located in the historic Carnegie library adjacent to the Penrose Library at 20 N. Cascade in which are many historical maps. Basically looking for pre I-25 road and street maps of Colorado Springs.
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I didn't take my medicine so the neurosis is back:
Still working on getting info on the common route from downtown COS to DEN especially from downtown COS to the Palmer Divide. Got calls into the AAA and the UCCS Geography Department. Will visit the Special Collections Department located in the historic Carnegie library adjacent to the Penrose Library at 20 N. Cascade in which are many historical maps. Basically looking for pre I-25 road and street maps of Colorado Springs.
OK, a buddy of mine loaned me a 1956 Pikes Peak region topo map. I scanned and cropped and monkeyed around with it. I also had to reduce the quality so I don't use up all of my upload space on City-Data. I had to break it up into three files. There is a lot of overlap.

Note at the very top it says "Monument 6768", I overlayed this on Google Earth and that point is actually about one half mile south of Baptist road on I-25. Not sure why that point is labeled that way???

This topo map in my hand here is really cool. There is nothing east of Circle. Templeton Gap to Austin Bluffs to (again Templeton Gap) to the intersection of Black Forest and Woodmen and then north on Black Forest past Shoup was one long road called Templeton Gap. Very interesting. Peterson AFB was waaay out east like DEN is now in Denver. Nothing out there at all. There were actual ranches called "Flying Horse" and "Wolf Ranch" where those two developments are now.

Highway 83 was Stout Allen Road (now called Interquest) up through and past Flying Horse ranch including Roller Coaster Road. The existing 83 road north of Flying Horse appears to be there on this map but it shows Roller Coaster as Highway 83 north from Flying Horse.

Platte, 94 & 24 look about the same east away from Colorado Springs.

COS to Denver before I-25-top.jpg

COS to Denver before I-25-middle.jpg

COS to Denver before I-25-bottom.jpg

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Old 07-21-2007, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Shows paved Highway 85 as Wilcox street. View looking south (I think).

Attachment 3680
This picture looks similar to Kiowa or Elbert today
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