| NAME: Sherman
CLIMATE: Cold winter with snow, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
Near White Cross.(Update 9/99, Harold Frodge) Take the Alpine Loop road
to San Cristobal Lake. The CO-149 turnoff is 2.2 mi. south of the bridge
on the south side of Lake City. This road is paved for 4.1 mi. then another
8.9 mi. of good gravel road to Sherman. At 12.2 mi. from the CO-149 turnoff,
the road splits; Sherman is 0.8 to the left. At Sherman, there is only one
relatively intact cabin, one collapsed and several stone foundations (all
fenced off with those unfriendly signs). Return to the split and go up the
right trail another 7.3 mi. to White Cross on the left. A trail leads to
a blocked bridge (you can walk across it) leading to some dalapidated mining
structures & some equipment. Another mile up the trail (toward Cinnamon
Pass) is the Tabasco Mill. It is completely collapsed and not much to look
at. If you continue on past to and past Cinnamon Pass (12,680 ft.) eventually
Animas Forks below will come into view.
REMAINS: A few original cabins.
Sherman was a potentially rich area but was plagued by snow in the winter and floods in the spring. Some rich strikes were made during the late 1870s and early 1880s, but it wasn't until the Sherman House Hotel was built that the camp took on the appearance of a permanent city. Early residents platted a handsome town with wide streets and alleyways. Much of the community's activity centered around one large building which housed a dormitory, grocery and general store, butcher shop and slaughter house, bakery, and storage and forwarding house. The summer population of Sherman's peak years was around three hundred persons. Mining continued into the early 1900s and on and off until 1925. Some of the original cabins still remain. Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.