Grand Junction history

Serpents Trail in Colorado National Monument
November 28, 2011

The Grand Junction area has grown up through cycles of boom and bust, first with agriculture in the 1880s, then with uranium in the 1950s and more recently with oil shale in the 1970s.

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Crested Butte history

Crested Butte history
November 28, 2011

By John Leach The East River Valley where Crested Butte stands today was used as a summer camp by the Ute tribe, just as Telluride and Aspen were. The Ute, or Nuchu tribe, were nomadic hunter-gatherers who roamed the Western Slope starting in 1000 A.D. The first white explorers in the area included beaver trappers and Capt. John Gunnison, whose expedition passed through the area in 1853. Prospectors arrived in…

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Crested Butte Mountain Resort
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Mountain Resort has long been known for its diverse terrain that appeals to skiers of all kinds but also its steep, backcountry terrain and its pioneering support for extreme skiing, which earned it recognition as the birthplace of freeskiing. The ski area covers 1,167 acres, with a base at 9,375 feet and a summit at 12,162 feet. Its vertical drop, however, is 3,062 feet from…

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Crested Butte Nordic Center

Crested Butte Nordic Ski Center
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers 31 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails that take skiers or snowshoers around the town of Crested Butte. Trails run along the East and Slate rivers, through forests around Peanut Lake, and up the Mount Crested Butte Recreation Path. There are trails from novice to advanced, and the trails are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The center has the Magic…

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Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum features exhibits on the town’s history as a coal town and as a supply center for silver and gold camps and ranches in the area, along with its more recent history as a ski town. The exhibits can be as eclectic as the town, such as a 2007 exhibit about Flauschink, a spring holiday started by townspeople in 1969 to celebrate the…

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Crested Butte Historic District

United Congregational Church in Crested Butte
November 28, 2011

Staff writer The Crested Butte Historic District has 339 major structures, with 85 percent of them dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Crested Butte emerged as a supply hub for nearby silver and gold camps and then as a coal mining town for the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. Most of the buildings are made of wood, and many of the commercial buildings retain the false…

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Palisade Peach Festival

Staff writer A pilgrimage for those in the know is the annual Palisade Peach Festival now in its 43rd year. Held in August, the festival celebrates the peach harvest and Grand Valley agriculture in general. The fun includes: The Peach Festival at Riverbend Park in the heart of Palisade, with more than 100 vendors, kids activities, live music and peachy events like cooking demonstrations and tastings, a messy peach-eating contest,…

November 5, 2011
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Palisade history

Staff writer The first residents of the wide valley carved by the Colorado River were Ute tribes. In 1881, white settlers moved in and by 1894 they’d begun planting the first fruit orchards, taking advantage of the rich soil and congenial climate. But the valley was arid, so the new growers brought water in barrels from the Colorado River. Eighty miles of irrigation canals built by the federal government in…

November 5, 2011
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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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Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon
November 2, 2011

By John Leach Hanging Lake is a crystal-clear, turquoise-blue lake suspended on the edge of Glenwood Canyon about seven miles east of Glenwood Springs. The 1 1/2-mile hike to the lake is rated “difficult” by the U.S. Forest Service because it climbs 936 feet to the top of Glenwood Canyon, at 7,323 feet in elevation. The hike will take about two hours round-trip, depending on stops to rest or take…

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