Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus
By Charles D. Hart
Published by The Aspen Times. Compiled from official records and actual surveys in the office of Geo. W. Lloyd, U.S. Dep. Min. Sur., Drawn by C.C. Vickery, U.S. Dep. Min. Sur.
Credit: Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Times Collection
1848 – 1924
Henry A. Staats, born in Egypt, Illinois, July 9, 1848 was the first to make a claim in the Capitol Creek Valley. In 1881 he staked his claim on Lime Creek, on what is now property of St. Benedict’s Monastery.
1887 – 1980
A personal history written by the daughter of Frederick Light.
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Photo: Bubby Light's saddle, courtesy of Kate McBride.
1956 – Present
St. Benedict’s Monastery is home to a community of Cistercian (Trappist) monks, whose life is devoted to prayer and the manual labor needed to sustain their community’s needs.