This week in history

30 years ago Thursday, Sept. 6, 1984

Signs could prevent accidents, sheriff says

Chaffee County Sheriff Harold Thonhoff knows from the vantage point of more than a quarter century … that the lofty peaks of the area present a number of formidable hazards to the unwary and the uninitiated.

… He believes that signs warning of potential dangers are among the most effective means of protecting foolhardy people from themselves.

The sheriff currently is working with officials of the U.S. Forest Service to get additional signs – and more explanatory signs – posted on the slopes of 14,299 foot Mt. Shavano in the vicinity of McCoy Gulch.

The area, scrupulously avoided by knowledgeable local climbers, is deceptive and has been the scene of any number of mishaps over the years.

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