At Cotopaxi, there were 2 buildings that we know of that were "named". One was "Saltiel". This particular photo has been used to "prove" that the town was once known as "Saltiel".
It's obvious the name is on the building. So I started my research.....looking high and low to find out when the town was called "Saltiel". I can find a single reference to a "Saltiel Park". One reference to it being called "Saltiels". Absolutely nothing else.
I have gone back to 1876 in the local clerk and recorders office. No mention of it being called Saltiels in any document ever. In fact, the first name used other than "Fremont County" or "Arkansas Valley" appears in 1879 in a legal document, calling the place "Cotopaxi."
So why did this building have the name "Saltiel" on it? Just a carryover of the hundreds-year-old tradition from buildings back east?
In the 1880 census, we see that Emanuel and Elizabeth Saltiel were living in their home with their 3 children....and eight boarders. Was this a hotel of sorts??? The beginning of a hotel?
In the 1880 census, Cotopaxi was a very small place. The train was just being built through the canyon and the railroad had built a boarding house (maybe 2?) but did not yet have a depot. There was the first hints of a stagecoach road coming in from the south.....either late 1880 or early 1881....after the train stop was built.
The census verifies this with lists of boarders....and only a very few families:
Richard McCoy, age 43, farmer ("famous father of the McCoy gang" - probably lived east of Cotopaxi in what is now known as McCoy gulch)
Nicholas Owens, age 45, farmer
H. Rogers, age 32, keeping rr boarding house, family and 16 boarders
J. W. Miller, age 30, farmer
W. H. Murray, age 33, keeping rr boarding house, family and 22 boarders
Levi Bradish, age 75, farmer
You can see the areas covered on the ground with this type of cacti, some call it prickly pear, or elephant ear. I can guarantee you that you don't want to step on it! LOL!
Go back and look at the photos....these is the darker areas on the ground...absolutely covered...and still in the area today, just go take a hike in the hills, but be sure to wear leather shoes or boots and watch where you step! Tennis shoes just won't cut it!
Can you imagine sending a group of Jews to this area to farm? Ask yourself the same question about your own ancestors....what did they face when they attempted to farm, to build a house, to eek out a living as they moved west across this country. What do you know about your ancestors?? It's so much more than just putting a name into a family tree.
Maybe we should all put our names on our homes!
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