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John W. Gunnison

Updated 2022-08-14
  • John W. Gunnison

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    John W. Gunnison was an American explorer tasked with finding a railroad route through the Rocky Mountains in 1853. In October, a group of Paiute warriors surrounded and attacked the Gunnison party, killing its leader and several others. Colorado's Gunnison River, Gunnison County, and the town of Gunnison bear his name today.
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