Vail Daily column: A Halloween story from Colorado’s past

By Edward Stoner

In the state of Colorado In the year of seventy-four They crossed the San Juan Mountains Growing hungry to the core. Their guide was Alferd Packer And they trusted him too long: For his character was weak And his appetite was strong. — From “The Ballad of Alferd Packer,” by Phil Ochs. So begins the story of Alferd Packer, a Colorado cannibal and prospector whose attempt to get rich off of Breckenridge gold went horribly wrong. Alferd (rumor has it that the strange spelling of the name Alfred came about because he could not spell his own name correctly) and …

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