Salina, Colorado

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Rear (northern) view of the Salina School in the isolated community of Salina, Colorado, United States, located at 536 Gold Run Road. Built in 1875, the small school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Salina is a former mining town in Boulder County, Colorado, United States approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of Boulder. Established in 1874, after Colorado's first gold discovery in 1859, Salina was founded by miners who migrated to Boulder from Salina, Kansas.[1][2] It is located at the junction of Four Mile Canyon and Gold Run roads. The mining camp was originally accessible only by horseback or wagons pulled by mules but later became part of Colorado's Switzerland Trail when the Greeley, Salt Lake, & Pacific narrow gauge railroad was built in the early 1880s.[3] Today, most of Salina's original structures still stand, including the one-room schoolhouse, Salina School, and church, the Little Church in the Pines, despite the state's worst wildfire in 2010 and historic flooding during the 2013 Colorado floods.[4][5]


  1. ^ M.M. Anderson (2005). The Mining Camps Salina & Summerville. Junction House. ISBN 0-9772230-0-0. 
  2. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 45. 
  3. ^ Forest Crossen (1978). The Switzerland Trail. Robinson Press. ISBN 978-0913730249. 
  4. ^ "Four Mile Canyon Fire: Fire damage in Salina and Summerville". Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Silvia Pettem (25 October 2013). "Community Spirit Saves Salina's Little Church in the Pines". The Daily Camera. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

Coordinates: 40°03′02″N 105°22′21″W / 40.05056°N 105.37250°W / 40.05056; -105.37250