Virginia Dale, Colorado
Virginia Dale is a tiny unincorporated town located in nothern Colorado, about 4 miles south of the Wyoming border. In the late 19th century, Virginia Dale was a popular stop on the Overland Trail to California. The stage station was established in 1862 by Jack Slade, who Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote about in his 1894 publication ‘Roughing It’. Slade was an eccentric who enjoyed drunkenly shooting canned goods off of grocery store shelves, and robbed a stage coach. He was fired as stage manager in November, 1892 after a drunken shooting spree at nearby Fort Halleck. Slade left with his wife for Montana where he was hanged in early 1894 by angry miners.
The stage station at Virginia Dale was abandoned after the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1867. People began settleing Virginia Dale in 1872. The original post office and cafe were functioning until they were shut down in the 1990s.