Climax Jerky

Brought back from Colorado by Kim Darnell, this flyer for the company:


What the company does is make and sell jerky — beef, bufflo, pork, elk, venison, turkey, salmon (alligator too, I think, though that’s not in this flyer) — so that’s pretty much got to be in its name. And then Dillon CO (where the company is headquartered, in Summit County) is only about 40 mi from the, as it turns out, very aptly named Climax CO (in Lake County); the relevant sense of the noun climax is ‘apex, highest point’. But of course, they’re also playing with us. I mean, “Reach Your Peak”.

Previously on this blog:

on 4/29/14, in “jerk-off”, about jerky and jerked food

on 8/27/17, in “Turkey Perky Jerky” (from the Perky Jerky Company): “The company is nothing if not playful, and the copy on their website exploits pretty much every sense of jerk you could think of (outside of weightlifting).”

Then the story of the company:


The setting, with Summit County outlined:


Dillon is ca. 15 mi by car north from Breckenridge on CO 9; Climax is 4 mi by car north from Leadville on CO 91.

About Dillon:

Summit County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,994. The county seat is Breckenridge. (Wikipedia link)

The Town of Dillon is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. The population was 904 at the 2010 census [too small to get on the map in #3]. (Wikipedia link)

And about Climax, from Wikipedia:

Climax was an unincorporated mining village and a former U.S. Post Office located in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Climax is known for its large molybdenum ore deposit. Climax is located along the Continental Divide at an elevation of about 11,360 feet (3465 meters). It was the highest human settlement in the United States [at the apex, the highest point, the climax] … The residential houses were all transported to the West Park subdivision of Leadville, Colorado, before 1965, leaving only the mining buildings standing.

After a 17-year shutdown, the Climax mine has reopened and resumed shipment of molybdenum on May 10, 2012.

… The village of Climax is now considered to be a ghost town.

… With a mean annual temperature of 30.7 °F or −0.7 °C, Climax is not only the highest but also the coldest settlement ever established in the contiguous US, being probably the only one with a mean annual temperature below freezing point.

Enough of the bitter cold (also incredibly snowy) high mountains. Here are the jerkies:


Spicy buffalo, teriyaki elk, habanero smoked beef. O brave West world, that has such wonders in it!

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