Mount Bross

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Mount Bross
Mt Bross.jpg
Elevation 14,178 ft (4,321 m)[1][2]
Prominence 312 ft (95 m)[3]
Isolation 0.99 mi (1.59 km)[3]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Mount Bross is located in Colorado
Mount Bross
Mount Bross
Location Park County, Colorado, U.S.[1]
Range Mosquito Range[3]
Coordinates 39°20′08″N 106°06′28″W / 39.335446°N 106.1077257°W / 39.335446; -106.1077257Coordinates: 39°20′08″N 106°06′28″W / 39.335446°N 106.1077257°W / 39.335446; -106.1077257[1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Alma, Colorado[1]
Easiest route Hike

Mount Bross is a fourteener (a summit higher than 14,000 feet (4,267.2 m)) in the U.S. state of Colorado, located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Mount Lincoln in the Mosquito Range. It lies in northwestern Park County.

With a topographic prominence in the range of 292 to 332 feet (89 to 101 m), it barely qualifies as an independent peak by the standard 300 foot prominence rule. It is often climbed together with Mount Lincoln and nearby Mount Democrat.[4]

On March 9, 1869, Daniel Plummer and Joseph Myers, both of Alma, Colorado, filed claim on the first silver mine on Mount Bross. They named their holding "The Dwight". The adjoining Moose Mine, which Plummer and Myers filed in 1871, became the most productive silver mine in Park County. A native of Pennsylvania, Myers later became a town trustee in Fairplay, the county seat of Park County.[5] The Dolly Varden Mine, discovered by George Brunk and Assyria "Cy" Hall in 1872, ranked second in silver production to the Moose Mine but outpaced the Moose in the richness of its ore. At the time the Dolly Varden opened, Hall was the sheriff of Park County.[5]

The pioneering American Presbyterian missionary, Sheldon Jackson, came there from Denver to preach the gospel to the miners. He later established missions in Alaska.[6]

In 2005, the summit of Mount Bross was closed to the public because of safety concerns related to mines and trail access through private land.[7] [8] [9]

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  1. ^ a b c d "MT BROSS ET". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ The elevation of Mount Bross includes an adjustment of +2.045 m (+6.71 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Bross, Colorado". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Louis W. Dawson II (1994). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1. Blue Clover Press. ISBN 0-9628867-1-8. 
  5. ^ a b Laura King Van Dusen, "Boom and Bust on Bross, When Silver Reigned, 1868-1893", Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past (Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-62619-161-7, pr. 135-136.
  6. ^ Laura King Van Dusen, "Sheldon Jackson's Fairplay Church: One of More than One Hundred in Western U.S.; Jackson Arrested, Jailed in Alaska; Contributed to Settlement of the West", Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past, pp. 69-77.
  7. ^ "Access Update -- Summer 2010". Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  8. ^ Tillie Fong (2011-07-19). "Trails on Fourteeners may be opened". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  9. ^ Jim Hughes (2006-01-24). "Bill protecting fourteeners' landowners climbs in House". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 

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