Lyons

Lyons History:

In the 17th century, the Ute Nation came to Colorado. The largest tribes that followed were the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Commanche, along with the Pawnee occasionally. The Utes were the last tribe to be forced into Indian Reservations after the Colorado Gold Rush. The Utes were the only tribe that extensively explored the mountains and Lyons area. The Plains Indians were attracted to the vast grasslands where it was ideal for hunting bison.

 

In the 1860s, families came from eastern United States and settled the foothills with their ranches and farms. The town of Lyons, Colorado was founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon. He purchased 160 acres (0.6 km2) from H.F. and Isabelle Sawyer, noticing the potential to quarry out the red sandstone, outcroppings which offered easy quarrying access in the region. Lyon platted the town in 1881; it was incorporated in 1891.[3] No record survives to account for the added "s" at the end of the town's name.

 

The town has large red sandstone mountains on three sides. Its rock,[8] from the Permian Period, about 260 million years ago, is considered the hardest sandstone in the world, and has a unique red or salmon color. While E. S. Lyon established the quarrying business in the town, his business was not a big success, and he left for California. Numerous owners succeeded him and developed various successful quarries over time. Murphy, Brodie, Ohline, Loukonen and Vasquez are among the most noteworthy owners. A railroad built to the town in the late 19th century gave the quarries a significant boost. Today it is a booming industry, with sandstone shipped worldwide.

Music:

Major concerts in Lyons are the two annual music festivals held at Planet Bluegrass: the Rockygrass Bluegrass festival, and the Folks Festival folk music festival.[9] It draws people from across the nation because of its nationally-known lineup and its general seating in open grassy treed grounds, at the base of a red sandstone mountain and the St. Vrain River. In addition to a new stage for the festivals in recent years, they have built the Wildflower covered-pavilion which allows for smaller year-round concerts by single musicians.

Recreation:

Area recreation includes Mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, climbing and excellent class II-V whitewater kayaking. Lyons is also bordered by both Hall Ranch Open Space and Heil Valley Ranch Open Space. Hall Ranch provides over 12 miles (19 km) of multi-use trails and consists of 3,206 acres (13 km2) of back country. Heil Valley Ranch consists of 4,923 acres (20 km2) of back country. Trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Picture Rock Trail was opened on September 22, 2008 connecting Heil Valley Ranch trails to Lyons and to Hall Ranch trails. Picture Rock is 5.5 miles (9 km) and well designed and built by volunteers. The north end of Picture Rock is at Red Gulch Rd, then Old St Vrain Rd and Hwy 7 lead to the Hall Ranch Trailhead or Lyons. The south end of Picture Rock is 4.5 miles (7 km) from the Heil Ranch Trailhead off Lefthand Canyon. Area recreation includes Mountain biking, hiking, camping, fly fishing, climbing and excellent class II-V whitewater kayaking. Lyons is also bordered by both Hall Ranch Open Space and Heil Valley Ranch Open Space. Hall Ranch provides over 12 miles (19 km) of multi-use trails and consists of 3,206 acres (13 km2) of back country. Heil Valley Ranch consists of 4,923 acres (20 km2) of back country. Trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Picture Rock Trail was opened on September 22, 2008 connecting Heil Valley Ranch trails to Lyons and to Hall Ranch trails. Picture Rock is 5.5 miles (9 km) and well designed and built by volunteers. The north end of Picture Rock is at Red Gulch Rd, then Old St Vrain Rd and Hwy 7 lead to the Hall Ranch Trailhead or Lyons. The south end of Picture Rock is 4.5 miles (7 km) from the Heil Ranch Trailhead off Lefthand Canyon.

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