I have some more information on the very interesting article about Jerry Stocks and the old Mail Trail (“Historic wagon trail at heart of new subdivision,” The Times-Independent, Nov. 29).
His grandmother, Edna May Webb was the daughter of Joseph Webb, who built a pretty fancy cabin and planted an orchard in Mill Creek in the 1890s. This was also probably on the old Mail Trail. Mr. Webb’s story is told in the DUP’s Grand Memories book.
With the help of Hans Weibel and others, as well as old maps we had traced the route of this old road. Susan (Rusty) Wheaton also had helped since the old road went near her home at the top of the hill.
I had been asked to trace this route for historical purposes by the county. I don’t remember exactly why. I never had the opportunity to talk to Jerry about this road, but did ask him about many others in the backcountry that he had used in his uranium mining days.
If I had only known.
I wish more of the old road had been preserved for public access, but most of those opportunities were lost many years ago.
Member Grand County
Historical Preservation Commission