2nd and Healing way., Lakewood, CO
~ DEVILS THUMB LAKE ~ This is a more advanced intermediate hike. Starting from the town of Hessie, this pleasant trail leads to a lake speckled basin at the foot of the massive rock buttress known as the Devils Thumb. It is about 11 mi. round trip with a 2,140 ft. elevation gain. It will take most of the day to complete this hike. Please bring plenty of water and appropriate gear and clothing. Any questions please send me a message. Thank you!
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HISTORY: After locating silver during the winter of[masked], Captain J. H. Davis built a cabin near the junction of the north and south forks of Middle Boulder Creek, six miles west of Nederland. Word of the riches spread quickly and prospectors flocked to the area. By December of 1892, a small community had developed, with a school, sawmill, boarding house, two stores and 12 cabins. Davis' wife Hessie joined him and immediately opened a post office. The miners were so delighted that they named the settlement in her honor. The majority of the mines that supported the town were around Lost Lake and along Jasper Creek to the west. The largest was the Forth of July Mine, near Arapaho Pass.
By 1900, most of the silver veins had ceased to produce. In 1914, only 12 people remained in Hessie. Among them was a 50-year old bachelor named Champ Smith who worked the Caledonia Tunnel on Bryan Mountain. One day, mailman G.W. Orear discovered Smith's mutilated body in the tunnel. The coroner and the Sheriff's office found that someone had intentionally placed Smith's body over a dynamite charge. During the subsequent inquest, it was discoverd that Smith had been a fervent fish and game warden in a community where few people bothered to purchase licenses. He had been shot and his body blown apart for taking his job seriously. Finally, Wilson Davis and the Smally brothers were apprehended, but they were soon released for lack of evidence. Even today, Hessie's most notorious murder remains unsolved.
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