Salida - Chaffee Co., CO 81201
Points of Interest: Tenderfoot Mountain, Monarch Aerial Tramway, Monarch Ski Area
Annual Events: Poncha Livestock Show, Fibark Boat Races in June; Poncha Springs Fun Days, Continental Divide Hillclimb in July; Chaffee County Fair in Aug.; Chamber of Commerce Trade Show in Sept. Accomodations: 650 rooms
Visitors Information Chamber of Commerce 406 W. Rainbow Blvd. 539-2068
Salida, Spanish for "gateway", was originally called South Arkansas and was renamed at the suggestion of Gov. Alexander C. Hunt. In the fall of 1878 engineers for the A, T & Santa Fe, anticipating the construction of the railroad through the Great Canyon of the Arkansas, laid out a town about one mile south of Salida, naming it Cleora. The town flourished and by 1880 had a population of 600. In April of 1880 engineers for the Denver & Rio Grande surveyed the sight of Salida in hopes that many court battles would be settled in their favor. When the residents of Cleora learned that their town would not become the railhead, they moved merchandise and buildings to the new site.