Craig On Sept. 24, my wife and I drove up to Mt. Harris and stopped right downtown and talked to Thelma Melson. Thelma and her husband, Doc, live in what used to be the home of the railroad section foreman.
We drive through Mt. Harris several times each summer. However, we haven't been off the highway in a long time. When I was walking around taking pictures, I was reminiscing about what I would have been doing 70 years earlier. Walking around in the community in which I was born brought back many fond memories. Alberta and I have been comparing some of the pictures we took to the early pictures we have of Mt. Harris, dating back to the teens. Today's pictures just show where things used to be, because there's not one bit of Mt. Harris remaining, with the exception of the section foreman's house and the water tank on the hill. Harris Mountain to the south and the rim rocks to the north and west remain intact just as they were when Mt. Harris was a town. So using today's pictures for landmarks, it's easy to put in perspective where things used to be.
We then drove up Highway 131 a couple of miles until we reached the turnoff that goes to Stagecoach Reservoir and housing development. We used to go fishing in that area, and there wasn't anything but a couple of small ranches.
The road we were on goes over Lynx Pass and finally back to Colorado Highway 131 and then to Rock Creek Road. This road follows part of the old stage route across Gore Pass. The Gates Brothers stage stop sits along this road.
Then, we drove up the pass a few miles until we came to Forest Service Road 100. This road ties in with Buffalo Park Road, and this took us to Rabbit Ears Pass. By this point in the day we were rather tired, so we hurried on home.