Situated in the southern end of Lincoln County, Colorado, Carr Crossing was a community/rural Post Office during the early 1900’s. For the visitor of today, it is some of the most empty land in the state. Lincoln County is called a Frontier area, there aren’t enough people to qualify as rural. Population density is less than one person per two square miles. In the areas of Carr Crossing the density is probably 1 person per 10 square miles.
Yet during the early 1900’s scores of people came out to this area to settle and homestead. Scattered through the area are the sites of numerous empty and abandoned homes. Moisture is extremely sparse and farming is almost impossible. Today it is mostly range land with a few cattle grazing on the rolling hills.
The Car Crossing Post Office was located on a wagon road that overlooked the valley of Horse Creek. Today there are no roads that go past it and way out there in the pasture is where it used to be.
The same is for the school, way out there in another pasture is where the school was located. As the crow flies, it is about 5 miles from the PO to the school. First time I visited the area, I had no idea there was a school because it was way off any road.
When talking to some local people, they mentioned that the merry go round still sat out in the pasture form when the Carr Crossing School was teaching the children of the settlers. So when I went through the area, I made it point to go looking a little closer to try and see the merry go round.
Driving down the road, I spotted a dead tree off in the distance sitting on a ridge and an outline next to it. Pointing the camera off that direction and zooming way out, I snapped a couple of pics. Sure enough there was the merry go round. I tried finding a road to get closer but no luck. So I have an ethereal picture of school playground out in the middle of a pasture, I would of never found if not for idle conversation.
Carr Crossing is one of those places that will probably stay unexplored for decades because of their locations. Then that is okay, I don’t know many people that like folks walking across their backyard.
Here is an open area that has not changed much over the eons.