Basecamp: Rifle

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Rifle was built on cattle ranching in the last several decades of the 19th century. Growth was accelerated with the advent of the Denver, Rio Grande Western Pacific Rail Road reaching the valley in 1889. Cattle and agricultural products could now be shipped by rail over the divide toward Leadville (over Tennessee Pass at 10,424 feet) and down the Arkansas River to Pueblo. Rifle was founded in 1882 by Abram Maxfield, and incorporated in 1904. Local lore has it that the name “Rifle” came from a cowboy surveyor who left his rifle leaning against a tree alongside a creek. Sometime later he named the creek after his rifle, with the town being named after Rifle Creek. Rifle was also known as one of the early users of hydroelectric power, with the Rifle Hydroelectric Plant that operated from 1908 until 1959. Electricity was generated off Rifle Falls, which is now part of the Rifle Gap State Park.
 

 
 
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
07/21 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 99F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
07/22 20%
Partly Cloudy
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. NNE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday
07/23 20%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. NNE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Tuesday
07/24 20%
Clear
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 94F. NE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
 

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