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San Juan County

  • San Juan County

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    San Juan County, once the heart of gold and silver mining in the San Juan Mountains, was established in 1876.
    San Juan County
  • San Juan County on Google Map

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    San Juan County Colorado has a total area of 388.29 square miles. It has the highest mean elevation of any county in the United States, at 11,240 feet. Silverton, the county seat and only city in the County, sits at 9,318 feet. It is the least populous county in Colorado. San Juan County Population: 699                Town of Silverton Population: 637
    San Juan County on Google Map
  • Town of Silverton

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    The town of Silverton,at an elevation of 9,318 feet, is a only township in San Juan County. It was famous for mining at the turn of the 20th century, but it is a popular tourist town. They yellowish river on the right is Animas River.
    Town of Silverton
  • Grand Imperial Hotel

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    Completed in 1883, the Grand Hotel was one of the most luxury hotels in the Southwest. The Harper family, owners of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, purchased the Hotel in the spring of 2015. Now the hotel's 37 rooms are undergoing a complete room renovation restoring back to original splendor. More information...
    Grand Imperial Hotel
  • Pass Creek Trail

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    Pass Creek Trail by the Coal Bank Pass. More information...  
    Pass Creek Trail
  • Lower Ice Lake Basin

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    Many people say that Ice Lake trail is the most beautiful one in San Juan mountains. The lower Ice Lake Basin is covered in wildflowers in late July and early August.  More information
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Waldo Butler, Mountain Mysteries: The Ouray Odyssey (Cortez, CO: Ouray Chamber of Commerce, 1981).

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, “Train History,” n.d.

Grace Hood, “After Years of Opposition, Silverton Oks Superfund Plan,” Colorado Public Radio, February 23, 2016.

Paul M. O’Rourke, Frontier in Transition: A History of Southwestern Colorado (Denver: Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State Office, 1992).

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000).

Eric Twitty, “Historic Mining Resources of San Juan County, Colorado,” US Department of the Interior, National Park Service Form 10-900b (Denver: History Colorado, 2010).

Bill Wehrum, “Salvaging a Lesson From the Animas River Spill,” Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2015.

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San Juan County

Duane A. Smith, San Juan Bonanza: Western Colorado’s Mining Legacy (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006).

Duane A. Smith, The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado, 1859–2009 (Boulder: University Press of Colorado).

Town of Silverton

Karen A. Vendl and Mark A. Vendl, Mines Around Silverton (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2015).