General and the Maiden Queen - Located just 7 miles east of the mountain town of Westcliffe, this land comes with the mineral rights and live water. It is not part of a POA or Hoa, which means it's strictly private property. The property taxes aren't exactly known at this time but can be figured out with the assessor's help. There is a bit of BLM land wedged in the middle of these claims, and that's a plus. This property includes portions of the Vulcan Lode, General Sampson Lode, all of the Spear Maiden and a part of Queen Victoria. This is a charming property with a lot of variety. The acreage moves from clean, sandy tailings from the 1800S to dense forest, to open meadows, a bit of a springy draw with live water, electricity running in the road and it borders BLM and a county road for access. Water This property qualifies for five wells. A spring seeps through the valley of this property Location Custer County lies in the south-central part of the state with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains forming its western boundary. Its area is 478,080 acres, and it rises to the east through a rugged range of hills called the Wet Mountains. The altitude ranges from about 6,700 feet in the north, to over 14,000 feet at the summits of several peaks in the Sangre de Cristos. The county was organized in 1877 out of Fremont County to the north. History In 1872 galena and rich silver glance had been discovered in Rosita, but the ore seemed to pinch out, and the deposit was, for a time, abandoned. In April of 1874 a thin seam of carbonate of copper, accompanied by native silver, was discovered on the south slopes of the hills behind Rosita. This seam was the outcrop of the prominent Humboldt-Pocahontas vein which was worked more or less continuously for 15 years and produced more than worth of ore. In 1877 the Bassick deposit was discovered 2 miles north of Rosita where The Vulcan & The P&O are located and was said to have yielded ore worth in gold and silver in the first year and a half, The Bassick mine was then sold and is said to have produced an additional in precious metals up to 1885. Since then it has had a checkered career, but it did provide intermittently up to 1923. In 1881 the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, in order to reach the iron mines on Grape Creek as well as to serve the Wet Mountain Valley, built a narrow-gauge line from Canon City up the winding valley of Grape Creek to Westcliffe, but the track was continually being washed out, and after an unusually extensive washout in 1888 the railroad was abandoned and the remaining tracks removed. For 12 years the region was without railroad transportation when in 1900, the Denver & Rio Grande built a standard-gauge rail bed from Texas Creek to Westcliffe.