Aerial images (collected by USDA and USGS) through time illustrate land use changes and are particularly interesting in areas of urban growth. Additionally, USGS geological information can be overlain to understand the type of rock of sediment in a particular area. The Fish Creek Glacier carved and deposited sediment in the Mountain-area of Steamboat Springs. Morainal Ridges (or depositional push-deposits) can be interpreted from aerial images and ground-truth-ed geology maps. For example, the Anglers neighborhood was built upon glacial push-moraine ridges. Moraines are glacial deposits that are typically hard and unsorted (contain mud-, silt-,sand-gravel- to boulder- sized) sediment that was transported and deposited at the base of the glacial. Push ridges are deposited by episodically surging and retreating glaciers. They can give an indication of the glacial/ climate conditions of that time.

Within the past 7 days- Earthquakes recorded in Routt County – 17 km SW of Steamboat – near Twentymile Park. The USGS reported 2.2 Magnitude Earthquake at 1.6 km depth.

Click to access interactive Earthquake Map

Click here for an interactive map that illustrates property ownership of Routt County, CO

Snapshot of the interactive web map – City of Steamboat and Surrounding Area. Check out property owner statistics for Routt County.

Original data from Routt County Assessor’s office and Routt County GIS office.

North Routt County, Colorado Property Ownership
Oak Creek – Stagecoach Routt County Property Ownership

Location of original Soda Spring. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the location of the soda-rich (carbonate-rich) spring called Soda Spring was marked and protected by a gazebo. Expansion of Lincoln Ave (the main street through Steamboat) necessitated incursion onto the natural Soda Spring outlet. We can use historical aerial photos to locate the original location. Check out the pre-move and post-move images. Thanks to the USDA and USGS – for collecting and archiving this data for us.

Anthropogenic modification of mineral springs – Soda Spring
1968 versus 2017 Soda Spring and Gazebo location – images courtesy of USDA/USGS image archive. Previous Gazebo-Soda Spring location marked by white circle (corner of Lincoln – 13th St) in 2017 image.