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Colorado Red Sandstone Country Dusted with Snow

Lyons, Colorado. Boulder County. In the 17th century, the Ute Nation came to Colorado. The largest tribes that followed were the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Commanche, along with the Pawnee occasionally. The Utes were the last tribe to be forced into Indian Reservations after the Colorado Gold Rush. The Utes were the only tribe that extensively explored the mountains and Lyons area. The Plains Indians were attracted to the vast grasslands where it was ideal for hunting bison.In the 1860s, families came from eastern United States and settled the foothills with their ranches and farms. The town of Lyons, Colorado was founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon. He purchased 160 acres (0.6 km2) from H.F. and Isabelle Sawyer, noticing the potential to quarry out the red sandstone, outcroppings which offered easy quarrying access in the region. Lyon platted the town in 1881; it was incorporated in 1891.[3] No record survives to account for the added "s" at the end of the town's name.The first main building to be built was the red sandstone schoolhouse in 1881. The booming population resulted in the town adding a second floor a few years later. It was also used for church and town meetings, until 1894 when the Old Stone Church was built. In 1979, it was saved from demolition and converted into the town's history museum by the Lyons Historical Society, Lyons Redstone MuseumThe town has large red sandstone mountains on three sides. Its rock,[8] from the Permian Period, about 260 million years ago, is considered the hardest sandstone in the world, and has a unique red or salmon color. While E. S. Lyon established the quarrying business in the town, his business was not a big success, and he left for California. Numerous owners succeeded him and developed various successful quarries over time. Murphy, Brodie, Ohline, Loukonen and Vasquez are among the most noteworthy owners. A railroad built to the town in the late 19th century gave the quarries a significant boost.In 1910-12 the cement industry killed the sandstone industry, and rock production stopped. The only sandstone construction that went on during this period was the University of Colorado new unified campus. The sandstone business was revived in the 1930s when the red sandstone started to be used more as a decorative rock than for commercial purposes. Today it is a booming industry, with sandstone shipped worldwide. Source: Wikipedia  Photo Copyright: James Bo Insogna All rights reserved.Colorado Fine art nature landscape photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

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Lyons, Colorado. Boulder County. In the 17th century, the Ute Nation came to Colorado. The largest tribes that followed were the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Commanche, along with the Pawnee occasionally. The Utes were the last tribe to be forced into Indian Reservations after the Colorado Gold Rush. The Utes were the only tribe that extensively explored the mountains and Lyons area. The Plains Indians were attracted to the vast grasslands where it was ideal for hunting bison.

In the 1860s, families came from eastern United States and settled the foothills with their ranches and farms. The town of Lyons, Colorado was founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon. He purchased 160 acres (0.6 km2) from H.F. and Isabelle Sawyer, noticing the potential to quarry out the red sandstone, outcroppings which offered easy quarrying access in the region. Lyon platted the town in 1881; it was incorporated in 1891. No record survives to account for the added “s” at the end of the town’s name.

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Foggy Colorado Morning

A beautiful foggy Colorado moning with the park lights still on late morning making a setting  for a really cool mood.  Colorado Fine art nature landscape photography poster prints, decorative canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, greeting cards and stock images by James Bo Insogna (C)   - All Rights Reserved.  303-834-2524  *PLEASE NOTE, WATERMARKS WILL NOT BE ON THE PURCHASE PRINTS*

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A beautiful foggy Colorado morning with the park lights still on late morning making a setting for a really cool mood.

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