Montrose Botanic Gardens

Staff writer In the spare high plains of southwestern Colorado, citizens of the city of Montrose have created and are expanding a botanical garden dedicated to educating visitors. The Montrose Botanical Society was formed in 1995, organized around the dream of a botanical garden. The group has signed a 50-year lease with the city for a 3.5-acre tract of land. Two gardens have been completed: • The Promenade welcomes visitors…

June 22, 2013
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Montrose County Historical Museum

Montrose County Historical Society
January 22, 2012

Staff writer The Montrose County Historical Museum is located in the former Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot and has exhibits on the Montrose area’s history. The highlights include a walk-through Homesteader’s Cabin equipped with a family’s furnishings and memorabilia and one of the state’s largest collections of farm machinery, including horse-drawn reapers and a hay bailer. The Children’s Corner has dolls, toys and baby furniture. The museum library has…

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Museum of the Mountain West

Staff writer The Museum of the Mountain West houses a collection of more than 500,000 artifacts from 1850 to 1940, as well as a handful of historic buildings that have been saved from demolition and relocated to the property. The main museum building houses rooms loaded with artifacts, including a saloon, two doctors’ offices, two dentists’ office, a grocery store, a drug store, a millinery, and a dry goods store….

November 2, 2011
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Ute Indian Museum

Ute Indian Museum in Montrose
November 2, 2011

Staff writer The Ute Indian Museum features one of the world’s most extensive collections of artifacts from the Utes, including moccasins and other clothing, headdresses and other ceremonial gear, cradleboards, flutes, water jars, and blankets. The Utes were a tribe of hunter-gatherers who roamed the Western Slope starting around 1000 A.D. but gradually gave way to white settlers in a series of treaties in the 1800s. Exhibits cover the history…

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Montrose

Montrose
November 2, 2011

By John Leach Montrose is a city of 19,132 that serves as a regional transportation center for the San Juan Mountains to the south and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Curecanti National Recreational Area to the east. The town was incorporated in 1882 and named after the Sir Walter Scott novel “A Legend of Montrose.” The arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in…

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
November 2, 2011

Staff writer Gaze into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on a chilly Colorado night and you’ll understand how this 53-mile-long canyon got its name. The roar of rushing water emerges and an occasional flash of moonlight on a wave crest, but the walls and bottom of the canyon are sunk in chill-inducing darkness. Even on a bright summer day, the canyon presents a dizzying course in the geology and…

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