Aspen history

Historic photo of silver mines in Aspen, starting in the 1880s. | Photo from between 1898 and 1905 by the Detroit Photographic Co.
October 25, 2011

By John Leach Aspen’s Roaring Fork Valley was a summer camping spot for the Ute or Nuchu tribe, nomadic hunter-gatherers who roamed the Western Slope starting in 1000 A.D. Ute Springs, which is near Glory Hole Park at Ute and Original streets, may have been a tribal campsite, according to the Aspen Historical Society. Prospectors arrived in Aspen in 1879, traveling over Independence Pass from Leadville, which was already booming…

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Glenwood Canyon

Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs
October 23, 2011

Staff writer Glenwood Canyon is 12 1/2-mile-long scenic wonder, with the Colorado River running through the bottom and canyon walls of granite and limestone that rise up to 1,300 feet above the river. It is the largest canyon on the upper Colorado. The canyon stretches from Glenwood Springs, where the Colorado meets the Roaring Fork River, east to Dotsero, where the Colorado meets the Eagle River. In 1906, the canyon…

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Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
October 22, 2011

Staff writer The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has been in operation since 1888, using 3.5 million gallons of naturally hot mineral water that rises from the Yampah Hot Springs each day. The main pool is kept at 90 to 93 degrees, while the therapy pool is at 104 degrees. The outdoor pool is two city blocks long (405 feet by 100 feet, with nearly 1.1 million gallons of water), and…

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Ouray history

Pack train leaves Ouray with supplies for mines
October 20, 2011

Ouray began in the late 1800s as a supply and transportation center for the silver and gold mines in the nearby mountains and was reborn as a tourist center after World War II.

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Ouray

Ouray surrounded by mountains
October 20, 2011

Ouray is a historic mining town that developed into a tourist town known as “the Switzerland of America” because of the way it sits at the foot of 13,000-foot peaks in the San Juan Mountains.

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs is a tourism center at the mouth of scenic Glenwood Canyon, the last stretch completed on Interstate 70 because of the challenges of preserving the canyon’s environment. It also serves as the gateway to Aspen, which is 40 miles to the south. Glenwood Springs has been known for decades for the Hot Springs Pool and related facilities, which have drawn visitors wanting to relax and release every last…

October 10, 2011
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Hotel Colorado

Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs
October 10, 2011

Staff writer The Hotel Colorado, a national historic landmark, opened in 1893, catering to the rich and famous. The six-story building was made of local cream-colored brick and pinkish peachblow sandstone and designed to be a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. The hotel, which sits on a hill above the hot springs, was built at a cost of $850,000 by silver baron and banker Walter Devereaux. The…

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Telluride Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival
October 8, 2011

By John Leach The Telluride Film Festival was created by local residents in 1974 and drew immediate attention by honoring not only director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Gloria Swanson but also the Nazi documentary filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. The Telluride festival has continued to draw top Hollywood movies and stars, as well as hard-core film fans, thanks to a Labor Day weekend schedule that falls conveniently between the Cannes Film…

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Telluride history

Gold ore transported by wagon in Telluride
October 8, 2011

By John Leach Telluride’s valley was used by the Ute or Nuchu tribe for centuries as a summer camp and a hunting ground for deer, wild turkey and grouse. The nomadic Utes, hunter-gatherers who roamed the Western Slope starting around 1000 A.D., would head to valleys at lower elevations with milder weather for the winter. Spanish explorers in the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition passed by Telluride in 1776 and named many of…

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