About The Flume

The Park County Republican and Fairplay Flume (USPS684-550) (ISSN 1085-181X) is published every Friday and is the official newspaper in Park County, Colorado.

The Flume, established in 1879, is almost as old as the county it serves - Park County, Colorado, which was formed in 1861. Park County lies just west of Jefferson County, the westernmost and most mountainous of the seven counties that are typically used in defining metro Denver. Headquartered in Bailey, an unincorporated town in the northeastern part of the county, The Flume covers all areas of life in Park County, including business, politics, the courts, weather, crime, festivals, fires and more. At the core of the stories in The Flume are the residents themselves, now numbering more than 16,000 in a county that's 83 percent bigger than Rhode Island and nearly as big as Delaware.

The Flume is also the newspaper that carries legal notices for Park County and advertisements focusing on area businesses.

While stories focus mainly on Park County, coverage can extend beyond county boundaries because of strong ties of residents to work, shopping and recreational opportunities in nearby counties.

Population centers include the following:

  • Alma - 10,350 feet above sea level, it's an old mining town that is now a bedroom community for several Summit County ski resorts. It is about 16 miles south of Breckenridge. It is one of two incorporated towns in Park County, the other being Fairplay.
  • Bailey - 7,700 feet above sea level, it is 40 miles west of Denver on U.S. 285. Many of its residents commute to metro Denver.
  • Como - 9,800 feet above sea level, it is eight miles northeast of Fairplay and was a railroad terminus.
  • Fairplay - the county seat and 9,957 feet above sea level, it is at the intersection of U.S. 285 and Colorado Highway 9, about 22 miles south of Breckenridge and 40 miles southwest of Bailey.
  • Grant - 8,584 feet above sea level, it marks the start of the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway, a favorite for seeing fall leaves, and is about 10 miles west of Bailey;
  • Guffey - 8,700 feet above sea level, it is located in the southern part of the county and is 33 miles northwest of Canon City on Highway 9.
  • Hartsel - 8,860 feet above sea level, it has a Western frontier quality and is at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Highway 9, roughly in the center of the county and is about 15 miles southeast of Fairplay.
  • Jefferson - 9,499 feet above sea level, it is just over Kenosha Pass from Grant on U.S. 285 and about 15 miles northeast of Fairplay. It has strong ties to ranching.
  • Shawnee - 8,100 feet above sea level, it is five miles west of Bailey.

Construction and food-lodging establishments have been the two largest private employers in Park County.

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