Photograph taken on Mosquito Pass showing contestants in the Fourth Annual Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race in 1952 (the date on the verso of the photograph is probably incorrect). The woman pictured was the only grandmother in the race. Her burro bears a sign with the name "Orphan Boy" on its pack saddle. 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, 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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