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Bulkeley Wells

Added by yongli on 06/15/2021 - 16:19, last changed on 06/29/2021 - 12:42
Bulkeley Wells (1872–1931) was an influential mining investor and hydroelectric engineer best known for building the Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant near Telluride and for his hostility toward unions. A controversial figure in Colorado history, Wells carried on an affair with Louise Sneed...

Fort Peabody

Added by yongli on 05/25/2016 - 15:03, last changed on 01/29/2021 - 17:29

Imogene Pass

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Built on Imogene Pass during the Western Federation of Miners strike in Telluride in 1903–4, Fort Peabody was a Colorado National Guard post intended to prevent deported union members and activists from returning to Telluride via the pass. Named after Governor James Peabody , who deployed the...

Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run

Added by yongli on 04/10/2020 - 10:10, last changed on 04/10/2020 - 10:18
The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run is a famously difficult and beautiful 100-mile trail race held annually in the San Juan Mountains . First organized in 1992, soon after the Sunnyside Mine shut down, the event honors the region’s mining history and its fragile high-alpine environment by taking...

San Juan Mountains

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 15:16, last changed on 08/07/2022 - 08:39
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 01/29/2021 - 17:39
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...

Ski Industry

Added by yongli on 09/13/2017 - 14:40, last changed on 08/06/2022 - 11:06
Colorado’s ski industry anchors the state’s thriving tourist economy. Built primarily on national forest lands, the state’s numerous ski resorts attract upwards of 12 million visitors annually, generating billions in revenue. Introduced to the state in the late nineteenth century, downhill skiing’s...

Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant

Added by yongli on 12/02/2015 - 16:27, last changed on 08/12/2020 - 23:04
The photogenic Smuggler-Union Hydroelectric Power Plant sits precariously near the top of Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride . It is the last structure left from the Smuggler-Union Mining Company, one of the state’s most important mineral producers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries...


Added by yongli on 11/16/2015 - 13:24, last changed on 10/20/2020 - 11:00
Telluride is a small town located in the San Juan range of the Rocky Mountains . It is the county seat of San Miguel County . Like many other mountain towns, it was founded as a mining center in 1878. Originally, it was named “Columbia,” but in order to avoid being mistaken for a town in California...

Telluride Flood of 1914

Added by yongli on 03/31/2017 - 14:59, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:43
On July 27, 1914, Telluride experienced several days of severe flooding following a cloudburst in the mountains above town. Remarkably, the destructive deluge killed only one person, and Telluride made a swift recovery, demonstrating the resilience of one of Colorado’s busiest mountain mining towns...

Western Federation of Miners

Added by yongli on 01/21/2021 - 15:17, last changed on 03/27/2022 - 08:35
Founded in 1893, the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) was one of the largest and most active labor unions in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American West. The union was involved in some of the most important labor disputes in Colorado and American history, including the 1894...

Western Slope

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:14, last changed on 05/04/2020 - 09:20
“A Fantasy land,” “a mystique,” “a state of mind”—these are only some of the expressions used to describe the Western Slope of Colorado, commonly defined as the roughly one-third of the state that lies west of the Continental Divide . The serpentine divide forms the region’s eastern boundary,...
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