1890s era Silver Cliff Colorado Fire Department Photo

This is a large cabinet photo of a fire department hose company making a mad dash in a race or parade. It is titled in the negative "Silver Cliff team beats the world Fricke & Co." Fricke & Co. were photographers in Canon City Co. as noted in Carl Mautz's book on Western Photographers. Silver Cliff is a small town, pop. 589, located in the Wet Mountain Valley in south-central Colorado in Custer County. Located along State Highway 96 at an elevation of 7,982 feet, Silver Cliff has spectacular views of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains and retains a small-town atmospHISTORYSilver Cliff, once a silver boom town, is located in the Wet Mountain Valley. The first permanent settlers arrived in the valley in 1869. The following year a colony of more than 100 German families from Chicago took up homesteads in the valley. The search for mineral wealth would soon bring prospectors into the region. The mining boom near Rosita created a demand for a new county and Custer County, named from General George Armstrong Custer, was created in 1877 from what had been part of Fremont County. The town of Ula was the first county seat. A few months later Rosita became the county seat. Silver Cliff came into being when silver was found on a sheer cliff beside the present location of the town. In June 1878, it was discovered the dark greasy-looking ... read more