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Animas Forks

Added by yongli on 11/04/2015 - 13:55, last changed on 03/16/2017 - 10:13
Established in 1875 and occupied until the 1920s, Animas Forks is a ghost town northeast of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains. It sits at an elevation of about 11,200 feet. It survived primarily on the strength of speculative investment rather than productive mining, though several nearby mining...

Brunot Agreement

Added by yongli on 05/18/2016 - 14:41, last changed on 09/08/2016 - 18:41
The Brunot Agreement between the Utes and the US government in 1873 opened the San Juan Mountains to mining by removing 3.7 million acres (about 5,780 square miles) from the Ute Reservation in western Colorado. Though it removed a large amount of land from the reservation, the agreement still left...

Hinsdale County

Added by yongli on 11/14/2016 - 13:05, last changed on 12/02/2016 - 17:03
Established in 1874, Hinsdale County is a mountainous, sparsely populated county of 1,123 square miles in southwest Colorado. The county was named for George A. Hinsdale , a prominent politician and newspaperman in nineteenth-century Colorado. The county currently has a population of 786. Lake City...

La Plata County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:31, last changed on 03/17/2017 - 09:54
La Plata County covers 1,700 square miles in southwest Colorado. It is named for the La Plata River and La Plata Mountains, both of which are named for the Spanish word for “silver.” La Plata County is bordered to the north by San Juan County , to the east by Hinsdale and Archuleta counties, to the...

Ouray County

Added by yongli on 02/24/2016 - 16:00, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
Ouray County, named after nineteenth-century Ute leader Ouray , is a small county of 524 square miles in southwestern Colorado. It is bisected by the Uncompahgre River , which flows from Lake Como northeast of Silverton, through the county seat of Ouray , through Ridgway and Colona, and out of the...

San Juan County

Added by yongli on 06/27/2016 - 15:27, last changed on 12/02/2016 - 17:01
San Juan County was established just before Colorado became a state in 1876. It initially stretched from the Utah border in the west to its present border in the east. The next year, the first state assembly allocated most of San Juan County’s western portion to the newly formed Ouray County, and...

San Juan Mountains

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 15:16, last changed on 02/20/2017 - 15:42
The San Juan Mountains are the largest mountain range by area in the Centennial State, spanning thirteen counties in southwestern Colorado. In addition to being the home of the Ute Indians for hundreds of years, the mountains intrigued Spaniards , lured the prospectors of the Colorado Gold Rush ,...

San Miguel County

Added by yongli on 08/16/2016 - 10:45, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 07:05
San Miguel County covers 1,289 square miles in southwest Colorado. Named for the river that flows northwest across its eastern flank, the county is bordered to the north by Montrose County , to the east by Ouray County , to the southeast by San Juan County , to the south by Dolores County , and to...

Silverton

Added by yongli on 02/01/2017 - 14:17, last changed on 02/01/2017 - 14:26
Silverton is a historic mining town established in 1874 in Baker’s Park in the heart of the San Juan Mountains . After the Denver & Rio Grande Railway (now the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ) reached the town in 1882, the surrounding region experienced a mining boom that lasted...
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