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…