Marshall Mesa Trail Boulder Colorado

marshal mesa trailWhat began as on of the most important coal mining areas of the state, Marshall Mesa, and the Marshall Mesa trails are a spectacular place to hit some single track on your mountain bike.

Whether it’s just doing a loop around the mesa on foot or bike, you can also connect to other OSMP trails in and out of Superior, Colorado as well as the greenbelt Plateau, the High Plains trail along Highway 128, Flatirons Vista North and Doudy Draw.

Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 11.13.48 AMMore than 100 years ago, Marshall Mesa was famous for coal mining. The first mine was operated by William and Nancy Kitchens in 1859, but they sold it to Joseph Marshall in 1866.

Mining here attracted many European immigrants. The town of Marshal actually had so many people from so many different places that there were neighborhoods separated by languages.

Marshall, Colorado became one of the most brutal towns in Colorado due to the dangerous work and many people who were killed or injured in mining accidents

Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 11.15.32 AMAs you travel the trails you can see how the landscape in the area has been changed.

Sink holes are common since the hills were hollowed out with tunnels and chambers, old railroad grades crisscross the hillsides and there are some places where you’ll still find machinery and abandoned structures.

 

IMG_3766Big mines began to close with the downturn of the coal industry after the stock market crash of 1929.

Rails were pulled up, mine structures were dismantled, mining companies went bankrupt and company houses were moved to other locations.

 

In 1967 the city of Boulder enlarged it’s reach for acquiring open space (actually roots go back to the purchase of Chautauqua Park in 1898 as part of the Mountain Park system). Boulder voters approved a sales tax to Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 1.44.06 PMpurchase land for open space and the city began acquiring Marshall Mesa all the way back in 1971 to preserve it as open space for future generations.

Use of the trails at Marshall Mesa increased dramatically in the early 2000’s and a new trailhead and parking area was created at the junction of Marshall Road and South Broadway / Highway 93 near the Eldorado Canyon road and store.

Zachary Epps, GRI®, ABR®, MCNE®, CLHMS®, REALTOR®,

RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX Platinum Club…and author of

The Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide 

The Boulder Condo Guide 

The Home Buyer’s Handbook

Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

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