Map of central Colorado with SH 91 highlighted in red
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|Length||22.58 mi (36.34 km)|
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.
In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.
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 (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.
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.
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 is a 11,318-foot (3,450 m) mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
State Highway 7 is an 81.64 miles (131.39 km) long state highway in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the north-central portion of the state, traversing the mountains on the east of the continental divide south of Estes Park as well as portions of the Colorado Piedmont north of Denver. The northwestern segment of the highway is part of the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway and furnishes an access route to Estes Park, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park. In its southeast portion it skirts the northern end of the Denver Metropolitan Area, providing an access route connecting Boulder, Lafayette and Brighton with Interstate 25 and Interstate 76.
Top of the Rockies is the name of a National Scenic Byway in Colorado, in the Western United States. Most of the byway is above 9,000 ft (2,700 m) and thus the name of the byway is Top of the Rockies. The byway goes over Tennessee Pass to the mining town of Leadville, Colorado.
State Highway 5 (SH 5) in the U.S. state of Colorado is the highest paved road in North America. However, this is not a through highway; it is simply a scenic spur route to the summit of Mount Evans, altitude 14,264 feet. The southern terminus of State Highway 5 is at a parking lot somewhat below the actual summit, and the northern terminus is at SH 103 at Echo Lake.
State Highway 9 (SH 9) in the U.S. state of Colorado is a 138-mile-long (222 km) state highway through central Colorado. SH 9's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 50 (US 50) near Cañon City, and the northern terminus is at US 40 in Kremmling. SH 9 is part of the Gold Belt Byway from US 50 to High Park Road and Colorado River Headwaters Byway from US 40 to Trough Rd.
State Highway 12, also known as the Highway of Legends, in the U.S. state of Colorado is a mountainous state highway through the Rocky Mountains in southern Colorado. The route travels from La Veta through the mountains to Trinidad. It is included in the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways system and runs through the San Isabel National Forest.
State Highway 103 in the U.S. state of Colorado runs from Interstate 70 (I-70), U.S. Route 6 and US 40 at Idaho Springs to county roads 151 and 103 at Squaw Pass. The thirteen miles (19 km) from Idaho Springs to SH 5 forms about half of the Mount Evans Scenic Byway.
State Highway 131 (SH 131) is a 68.7 mi (110.6 km) long north–south state highway in the U.S. State of Colorado. SH 131's southern terminus is at Interstate 70 (I-70) in Wolcott, and the northern terminus is at U.S. Route 40 (US 40) 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Steamboat Springs. SH 131 travels through the towns of State Bridge, Bond, McCoy, Toponas, Yampa, and Oak Creek.
U.S. Route 50 (US 50) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from West Sacramento, California, to Ocean City, Maryland. In the U.S. state of Colorado, US 50 is a major highway crossing through the lower midsection of the state. It connects the Western Slope with the lower Front Range and the Arkansas Valley. The highway serves the areas of Pueblo and Grand Junction as well as many other smaller areas along its corridor. The long term project to upgrade the highway from two lanes to a four lane expressway between Grand Junction and Montrose was completed in January 2005. Only about 25% of the remainder of highway 50 in Colorado is four lane expressway.
State Highway 17 (SH 17) is an 88.5 mi (142.4 km) long state highway in southern Colorado. SH 17's southern terminus is a continuation as New Mexico State Road 17 (NM 17) at the New Mexico state line, and the northern terminus is at U.S. Route 285 (US 285) south of Villa Grove.
State Highway 149 (SH 149) is a 117.522-mile-long (189.133 km) state highway in southwestern Colorado, United States. SH 149's southern terminus is at U.S. Highway 160 (US 160) in South Fork, and the northern terminus is at US 50 west of Gunnison.
State Highway 340 (SH 340) is a 13.341 mi (21.470 km) long state highway in the U.S. state of Colorado. The highway's western end is at U.S. Route 6 (US 6) and US 50 in Fruita, and the eastern end is at the junction of US 50 and I-70 Business in Grand Junction. This highway is mainly used by the residents of Grand Junction's suburb Redlands.
State Highway 114 (SH 114) is a 61.7 mi (99.3 km) long state highway in southern central Colorado. SH 114's western terminus is at U.S. Route 50 (US 50) east of Gunnison, and the eastern terminus is at US 285 in Saguache.
State Highway 139 is a 72.065-mile-long (115.977 km) state highway in western Colorado. SH 139's southern terminus is at Interstate 70 (I-70) in Loma, and the northern terminus is at SH 64 in Rangely.
State Highway 59 (SH 59) is a 173.3-mile-long (278.9 km) state highway in eastern Colorado. SH 59's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 40 and US 287 in Kit Carson, and the northern terminus is at US 138 in Sedgwick.
State Highway 115 (SH 115) is a state highway in the U.S. State of Colorado. SH 115's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 50 interchange in northern Cañon City, and the northern terminus is at Interstate 25 (I-25), US 24 and US 87 in Colorado Springs.
State Highway 389, in the U.S. state of Colorado is a state highway traversing through the Great Plains, and Black Mesa. SH 389's southern terminus is a continuation of New Mexico State Road 551 at the New Mexico state line. It continues north 1.5 miles to Branson. After leaving Branson the route travels through rural Las Animas county to its northern terminus at U.S. Route 160.
State Highway 119 is a 63.7 mi (102.5 km) long state highway in north central Colorado. It extends in a southwest to northeast direction, from a junction with U.S. Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon between Golden and Idaho Springs to a junction with I-25 east of Longmont. The southwest portion of the road is a scenic mountain drive providing dramatic vistas of the Front Range, while the northeast portion is a busy interurban thoroughfare. The city of Boulder separates these two vastly different sections of SH 119.
State Highway 300 (SH 300) is a state highway near Leadville, Colorado. SH 300's western terminus is at Leadville National Fish Hatchery, and the eastern terminus is U.S. Route 24 southeast of Leadville.
State Highway 120 (SH 120) is a 7.186-mile-long (11.565 km) state highway in Fremont County, Colorado. SH 120's western terminus is at SH 115 east of Florence, and the eastern terminus is at U.S. Route 50 (US 50) east of Penrose.