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San Juan County

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  • Town of Silverton

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    The town of Silverton,at an elevation of 9,318 feet along the Animas River, is the county seat and only incorporated town in San Juan County. It was established by prospectors in 1874, after the Brunot Agreement forced Ute Indians from the area.
    Town of Silverton
  • 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 covers 388 square miles of the San Juan Mountains. US 550, the "Million Dollar Highway," is the main thoroughfare, and the county also contains the headwaters of the Animas River. 
    San Juan County on Google Map
  • Lower Ice Lake Basin

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    Ice Lake Basin, located on the Ice Lake Trail in western San Juan County, is considered one of the most beautiful places in the San Juan Mountains. This photo shows Lower Ice Lake Basin in summer, bursting with wildflowers.
    Lower Ice Lake Basin
  • Grand Imperial Hotel

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    Completed in 1883, the Grand Hotel was one of the most luxurious hotels in the Southwest. The Harper family, owners of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, purchased the hotel in the spring of 2015. The family has completed restoration work on the building's thirty-seven rooms and is currently renovating the restaurant and lobby.
    Grand Imperial Hotel
  • Animas Forks, Late 1870s

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    Established in 1875 at an elevation of about 11,200 feet, Animas Forks flourished in the late 1870s and early 1880s on the strength of speculative mining investments. It has been a ghost town since the 1920s.
    Animas Forks, Late 1870s

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