Peonies of Paonia  LbNA # 24057 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 25 2006
LocationPaonia, CO
Found By Beaver Believers
Last Found Jul 13 2008
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Paonia is cupped in the high mountains with a stunning view of Mount Lamborn (elevation 11,395 ft.). Located in a glacial valley-canyon on the North Fork of the Gunnison River, Paonia is blessed with very rich soil.

Paonia was founded in 1882 by Samuel Wade. Wade brought with him peony roots and named the town after the peony flower. Original stock from his peony roots still grow in the Town Park.

Samuel Wade also brought the first fruit trees into the valley. They grew exceptionally well in the rich soil and produced prize winning fruit.

Paonia is located off of State Hwy 133. Turn onto Samuel Wade Rd. (which will turn into 3rd St.). Turn left onto Grand Ave. and then right onto 4th St. The Town Park is on your left. Park and find the Miner's memorial statue. Notice the peonies from Wade"s original stock. Walk along 4th St. until you come to the white fence. Turn left an go to the second tree.

Your prize is in a hole upward in the trunk of this tree. Please be discrete as the park is very open. Replace behind stick so the box can not be seen by people walking by.