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Stagecoaches used to help flooding first responders

12:45 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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PINEWOOD SPRINGS - Stagecoaches are known to many people as the mode of transportation for passengers and goods in the 19th century. But in the summer of 2013, the trails originally used for stagecoaches near Pinewood Springs are being used to give recovery crews access to supplies after flood waters ruined roads into and out of town.


"Pinewood was cut off by breaks in Hwy 36 on both ends," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith posted on his Facebook wall. "First, they were cut off from Estes by 2 breaks near mm 11. Second, they were cut off from Lyons and the valley by breaks starting near mm16 in Boulder County ... Combining the knowledge of long-time residents and the strong backs and dedication of the same Hot Shot Crews who protected us from wildfires, they managed to find routes that can and should get them limited, primitive access to supplies on both ends. Legend has it, these are old stagecoach roads. These are resourceful people to say the least!"

According to Smith, crews are hoping to get some ATVs on the stagecoach roads to provide supplies to the first responders.

"Way to go Pinewood Springs, I am proud of the character that you are demonstrating," Smith said. "These people truly are Mountain Strong and as their Sheriff, they make me Mountain Proud!"

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