Colorado State Highway 91

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State Highway 91
Colorado State Highway 91 Map.svg
Map of central Colorado with SH 91 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length22.58 mi [1] (36.34 km)
Major junctions
South endUS 24.svg US 24 at Leadville
North endI-70.svg I-70 at Copper Mountain
Location
Counties Lake, Summit
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
Colorado 90.svg SH 90 SH 92 Colorado 92.svg
View of the Climax mine in the Tenmile Range off of SH 91 north of Leadville. Climax on 91.jpg
View of the Climax mine in the Tenmile Range off of SH 91 north of Leadville.

State Highway 91 (SH 91) is a 22.58-mile-long (36.34 km) stretch of state highway in the U.S. state of Colorado. SH 91's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 24 (US 24) in Leadville, and the northern terminus is at Interstate 70 (I-70) at Copper Mountain.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

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Colorado State of the United States of America

Colorado is a state of the Western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th most extensive and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,695,564 on July 1, 2018, an increase of 13.25% since the 2010 United States Census.

U.S. Route 24 in Colorado highway in Colorado

U.S. Route 24 (US 24) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Minturn, Colorado, to Clarkston, Michigan. In the U.S. state of Colorado US 24 extends from Interstate 70 (I-70) and US 6 in Minturn east to the Kansas state line where it continues as US 24 concurrent with I-70.

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Route description

SH 91 begins at an intersection with US 24 in Leadville. It travels to the northeast over Fremont Pass, passing the ghost town of Climax, home of the recently reopened Climax mine.

Intersection (road) A road junction where two or more roads either meet or cross at grade

An intersection is an at-grade junction where two or more roads meet or cross. Intersections may be classified by number of road segments, traffic controls, and/or lane design.

Fremont Pass (Colorado) mountain pass

Fremont Pass is a 11,318-foot (3,450 m) mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States.

Ghost town city depopulated of inhabitants and that stays practically intact

A ghost town is an abandoned village, town, or city, usually one that contains substantial visible remains. A town often becomes a ghost town because the economic activity that supported it has failed, or due to natural or human-caused disasters such as floods, prolonged droughts, government actions, uncontrolled lawlessness, war, pollution, or nuclear disasters. The term can sometimes refer to cities, towns, and neighbourhoods that are still populated, but significantly less so than in past years; for example, those affected by high levels of unemployment and dereliction.

SH 91 ends at an interchange with I-70 at Wheeler Junction. Since the development of the Copper Mountain Ski Resort area, Wheeler Junction is more commonly referred to as Copper Mountain.

Interchange (road) road junction, typically using grade separation

In the field of road transport, an interchange is a road junction that uses grade separation, and typically one or more ramps, to permit traffic on at least one highway to pass through the junction without interruption from other crossing traffic streams. It differs from a standard intersection, where roads cross at grade. Interchanges are almost always used when at least one road is a controlled-access highway or a limited-access divided highway (expressway), though they are sometimes used at junctions between surface streets.

History

As constructed in the 1920s, State Highway 91 went from Leadville, via Climax, Fremont Pass, Frisco, and Loveland Pass, to Empire, where it joined US 40. The segment from Leadville to Climax was paved by 1936, and the entire route was paved by 1954. In 1938, route 91 became US 6, until US 6 was rerouted over Vail Pass in 1941, leaving the portion of route 91 from Copper Mountain (formerly Wheeler Junction) to Leadville as the surviving part of this historic highway. [2]

Leadville, Colorado Statutory City in Colorado, United States

Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 2,759 at the 2017 United States Census. Situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet (3,094 m), Leadville has the highest elevation of any incorporated city in the United States. Originally called Silver City, Leadville was the last place Doc Holliday was a law man and the first proposed capital of the state. A former silver mining town that lies amongst the headwaters of the Arkansas River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Leadville Historic District contains many historic structures and sites in its dynamic mining era. In the late 19th century, Leadville was the second most populous city in Colorado, after Denver. Leadville is notable for having a large number of 14,000 foot peaks viewable from town.

Climax, Colorado Town in State of Colorado, United States

Climax was an unincorporated mining village and a former U.S. Post Office located in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Climax is known for its large molybdenum ore deposit. Climax is located along the Continental Divide at an elevation of about 11,360 feet. It was the highest human settlement in the United States, and it holds the record for having had the country's second highest Post Office and the highest railroad station. The residential houses were all transported to the West Park subdivision of Leadville, Colorado, before 1965, leaving only the mining buildings standing.

Frisco, Colorado Home Rule Municipality in State of Colorado, United States

The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 2,683 at the 2010 census. It is a popular town among skiers from around the world. Four major ski resorts are located in close proximity to Frisco: Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin.

Major intersections

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
Lake 0.0000.000US 24.svg US 24 Southern terminus
Summit 22.60536.379I-70.svg I-70 Northern terminus; I-70 exit 195; interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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References

  1. "Segment list for SH 91" . Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  2. Matthew E. Salek, Colorado Highways, Routes 80 to 99, retrieved Aug. 4, 2015.
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