The Del Norte to Lake City and Saguache to Silverton toll roads pass here. Once home for as many as 1,000 pronghorn antelope, the stop was established in 1875 at a large salt lick. The antelope were killed for meat by early prospectors and slaughtered by 1883. The Antelope Springs Stage Stop was once known as Alden Station for Postmaster George Alden who was killed by the new postmaster’s son, Montie Moreland, after an argument that took place when his mother called George’s wife, “A Hussy!”  The Broken Arrow Guest Ranch is all that’s left of the Stage Stop, which faded with the arrival of the railroad in 1882.

08 Antelope Springs

Credits and Acknowledgments

The research, writing and production of this interpretive booklet were made possible by grants from the following generous organizations: Federal Highway Administration Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), colorado Historical Society, Western Colorado Interpretive Association (WCIA), Hinsdale County Lodging Tax Panel, Lake City Chamber of Commerce, the Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway Council, and the Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team. Special thanks to Grant Houston of the Hinsdale County Historical Society, Lynna Jackson of Creede, Nancy Houston, and the authors, Laurene Farley and Sandy Thompson of the U.S. Forest Service, Gunnison, Colorado. Layout and design update by B4 Studio, Creede.