Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race, beginning
|Date scanned: 2001-09-12.
|Related photographs and negatives: NMHFM-5, NMHFM-133, NMHFM-136, NMHFM-137, NMHFM-138, NMHFM-139, NMHFM-143, NMHFM-144, NMHFM-197, NMHFM-198, NMHFM-199, NMHFM-200, NMHFM-264, NMHFM-266, NMHFM-267, NMHFM-268, NMHFM-274, NMHFM-275, NMHFM-683, NMHFM-686, NMHFM-688.
|Held in the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
|Donor: Charles Burgess.
|Negative showing a contestant in front of the Davis Drug Store on the streets of Leadville at the beginning of the Fourth Annual Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race in 1952. The Race was started in 1949 as part of the town of Fairplay's Gold Days Celebration. It was originally a grueling 22.9 miles starting in Leadville, Lake County and traveling over Mosquito Pass to end in Fairplay, Park County. The burros carry a thirty-three pound pack saddle loaded with traditional mining equipment. Contestants can pull, push or chase their burros, but must stay tethered to them by a fifteen-foot rope and are not allowed to ride. In the 1950s, the winner of the race received $500 and a trophy presented by the Rocky Mountain News.
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|Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race, beginning
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