Explore our collection of stories on important events and noteworthy individuals that have contributed to the history of the Snowmass and Capitol Creek valleys.
1884 Map of Pitkin County, Colorado
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
Henry A. Staats
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.