Toll House

I once lived for a short while in Ouray, Colorado … and an even shorter stay in Silverton (both in the winter!).

I find the stretch of US550 between Ouray and Silverton to be fascinating for many reasons; one of my favorite places is the overlook at Bear Creek falls.

US550 was originally a toll road and the cleft in the rocks at the falls was an ideal spot for a toll station – there was absolutely no reasonable way to go around. Not many unreasonable ways either.

This picture caught my eye. Unfortunately, it’s not dated.

But in looking for other views, I found this:

which was probably taken from roughly this same point. The slanted gash in the rock mid-picture is a giveaway – some things don’t change much over time.

As far as I’m able to tell, the toll house was about where the orangish patch lies just above the bridge railing. Hard to tell; this area’s been worked over several times – the bridge is lower down and the road is at a slightly different angle to the falls.


I took the liberty of fictionalizing my rendition by incorporating this picture:


On the the Project page:

Toll House

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