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Ashcroft

Added by yongli on 12/19/2016 - 13:31, last changed on 05/24/2017 - 14:02

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Located about eleven miles south of Aspen in Castle Creek Valley , Ashcroft was established in 1880 as a silver mining camp. It quickly grew to more than 2,000 residents and briefly rivaled Aspen, but it was already declining by the late 1880s because the veins of silver ore were shallow and no...

Aspen

Added by yongli on 11/19/2015 - 13:49, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Aspen, located along the Roaring Fork River west of Independence Pass , is the county seat of Pitkin County . Now one of the state’s most iconic hubs for culture and recreation, Aspen began like many Colorado towns—as a small mining camp, founded by Henry B. Gillespie in 1879. Rich silver mines in...

Beaver Creek Resort

Added by yongli on 11/19/2015 - 16:28, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Tucked away in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Beaver Creek Resort has had a rich history since it first opened to the public in 1980. Located in Eagle County , Beaver Creek is a major ski resort owned and operated by Vail Associates. The valley that houses Beaver Creek Resort lies just south of Avon...

Boulder

Added by yongli on 02/22/2017 - 12:34, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Boulder is Colorado’s eleventh-most populous city, twenty-five miles northwest of Denver , nestled against the foothills of the Front Range . Home of the University of Colorado (CU), the city has a population of 97,385 and is the seat of Boulder County . Boulder was founded during the Colorado Gold...

Breckenridge Historic District

Added by yongli on 11/04/2015 - 15:27, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Settled as a gold-mining camp in 1859, Breckenridge has gone through a series of booms and busts typical of Colorado’s mining towns. The advent of skiing in the 1960s revived the town after decades of stagnation, bringing modern development but also greater interest in historic preservation. Today...

Central City–Black Hawk Historic District

Added by yongli on 12/19/2016 - 14:19, last changed on 06/02/2017 - 15:00
Central City and Black Hawk took shape during the boom years after John Gregory discovered gold on May 6, 1859, near the North Fork of Clear Creek in what is now Gilpin County . For much of the 1860s and 1870s, the area was the richest mining region in Colorado, and Central City rivaled Denver as...

Colorado Springs

Added by yongli on 01/18/2017 - 15:35, last changed on 05/31/2017 - 11:38
Colorado Springs is the second-most populous city in Colorado, with more than 456,000 residents. Located about sixty miles south of Denver at the base of Pikes Peak , it is the county seat of El Paso County and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Since it was established by...

Crested Butte

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 16:36, last changed on 06/27/2017 - 08:20
Founded in 1878, Crested Butte is a former coal-mining town turned ski resort nestled in the Elk Mountains of northern Gunnison County . The town lies about twenty-eight miles north of the county seat of Gunnison and about the same distance south of Aspen . At nearly 9,000 feet of elevation and...

Crestone

Added by yongli on 08/20/2015 - 14:38, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Perhaps no town in the western United States has taken a more unexpected turn than Crestone, Colorado – the onetime mining and ranching center has become an international hub for Buddhist, Hindu, New Age, and other spiritual practices. Located at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the...

Cripple Creek

Added by yongli on 12/19/2016 - 15:15, last changed on 06/02/2017 - 15:17
Cripple Creek was the site of the last and greatest mining boom in Colorado, attracting tens of thousands of people to the western flank of Pikes Peak in the 1890s. After it was destroyed by fire in 1896, the town and surrounding mining district reached peak production and population in the early...

Dearfield

Added by yongli on 06/02/2017 - 13:05, last changed on 06/02/2017 - 14:07
Established on May 5, 1910, by a young entrepreneur named Oliver Toussaint Jackson , Dearfield was an agricultural colony for black people about twenty-five miles southeast of Greeley . For two decades nearly 700 black people worked to transform the rolling desert hills into a thriving farm...

Denver

Added by yongli on 08/03/2016 - 15:33, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 08:26
Denver is the capital of Colorado and the twenty-first largest city in the United States, sprawling over six counties and 3,497 square miles of the High Plains and the Rocky Mountain foothills. Centered at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek , the city and county of Denver...

Denver’s Chinatown

Added by yongli on 08/30/2016 - 11:27, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
For economic reasons, as well as to protect themselves from an Anglo-American culture that mostly viewed them with contempt, Denver ’s Chinese residents established an ethnic enclave in the city around 1870. The neighborhood endured decades of racially motivated violence and other forms of abuse,...

Downtown Loveland Historic District

Added by yongli on 05/16/2017 - 16:48, last changed on 05/19/2017 - 12:01
Centered on East Fourth Street, the Downtown Loveland Historic District comprises nine square blocks of the town’s original commercial district. Most of the district lies within the original town plat, and at least fourteen of its fifty-eight buildings date to the late nineteenth century. On...

El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District

Added by yongli on 03/15/2016 - 15:22, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
El Corazon de Trinidad (“the heart of Trinidad”) National Historic District covers a particularly well-preserved portion of downtown Trinidad that includes many blocks of adobe and brick buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Established in 1861 along the Santa Fé Trail...

Front Range

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:06, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
The Front Range is a corridor of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding land stretching 200 miles from the Wyoming border on the north to the Arkansas River on the south. The western border of the Front Range consists of a collection of high mountain ranges, from the Medicine Bow and Laramie Mountains...

Georgetown–Silver Plume Historic District

Added by yongli on 11/18/2016 - 16:27, last changed on 06/28/2017 - 10:46
Located in the upper Clear Creek valley about forty-five miles west of Denver , the Georgetown–Silver Plume Historic District is one of the best preserved historic mining districts in Colorado. In the late nineteenth century, Georgetown thrived as the area’s commercial and professional center,...

Gold Hill

Added by yongli on 05/03/2017 - 16:54, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 08:08
Gold Hill was established in 1859 as the first permanent mining camp in the Colorado mountains. Located at an elevation of about 8,300 feet in Boulder County , the town experienced several booms and busts before settling into a small-scale tourist economy in the twentieth century. Today Gold Hill—...

Golden

Added by yongli on 11/16/2015 - 14:11, last changed on 05/16/2017 - 08:26
Now a small pocket city in the suburbs of Denver , Golden was once the most powerful city in the state and the capital of the Colorado Territory. Today, Golden is known for the Coors Brewery and the Colorado School of Mines and as the seat of Jefferson County . Over the years, a variety of...

Granada War Relocation Center (Amache)

Added by yongli on 01/30/2017 - 10:01, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
The federal government built the Granada War Relocation Center, also known as Camp Amache, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to imprison Japanese Americans during World War II. Fearing that Japanese Americans might sympathize with Japan and work against the United States during the war, the federal...

Grand Junction

Added by yongli on 01/24/2017 - 16:26, last changed on 07/18/2017 - 12:27
With a population of nearly 60,000, Grand Junction is the largest city on Colorado’s Western Slope . The city takes its name from its location at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado (formerly the Grand) Rivers, in the heart of the Grand Valley . Grand Junction lies near some of the state’s...

Independence

Added by yongli on 12/19/2016 - 16:04, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Located just west of Independence Pass at an elevation of about 10,900 feet, the town of Independence was established in 1879 and boomed briefly in the early 1880s, reaching an estimated population of 1,500. In the mid-1880s, the town’s harsh climate and the availability of better jobs in Aspen led...

Lake City

Added by yongli on 05/19/2017 - 11:29, last changed on 05/24/2017 - 12:34
At an elevation of 8,661 feet in the heart of the San Juan Mountains , the historic mining town of Lake City is the only incorporated town in Hinsdale County . Named for nearby Lake San Cristobal , the town was founded in 1874 in a broad valley along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River . Between...

LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver)

Added by yongli on 04/15/2015 - 15:31, last changed on 05/11/2017 - 10:42
Officially known as the Union Station neighborhood until The Denver Post’ s Dick Kreck first referred to it as LoDo (as in Manhattan’s SoHo) in a 1983 column, Lower Downtown Denver has become a national model of how a decaying core city neighborhood can be converted to a thriving residential,...

Louviers

Added by yongli on 11/10/2015 - 11:55, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Originally established as a Du Pont company town in 1906–8, Louviers Village south of Denver is distinctive in Colorado because it was never associated with either agriculture or mining. Planned by Du Pont as a model community to attract long-term employees for the company’s nearby the Louviers...

Meeker

Added by yongli on 08/18/2015 - 16:12, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
About 225 miles west of Denver, at an elevation of 6,400 feet and adjacent to the White River, lies the small mountain community of Meeker. It is known for its ranching and access to hunting and fishing areas, as well as other outdoor recreation hotspots, including the nearby Flat Tops. With a...

Morrison

Added by yongli on 02/01/2017 - 13:48, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
Morrison is a small tourist-oriented town of restaurants and antique shops located along Bear Creek in the valley south of Red Rocks , about fifteen miles southwest of Denver . Established in 1872, the town relied on George Morrison’s quarrying industry in its early years but gradually shifted to a...

Mount Vernon

Added by yongli on 02/01/2017 - 14:00, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:09
The town of Mount Vernon was established in 1859 at the base of Mount Vernon Canyon, west of Denver . The town is best known as the home of Robert W. Steele , who made it the de facto capital of the unofficial Territory of Jefferson while he was governor in 1859–61. Today two early stone houses...

Pagosa Springs

Added by yongli on 11/20/2015 - 16:09, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:11
Home to the deepest hot spring aquifer in the world, Pagosa Springs was a popular destination for local Native Americans before it developed into a white settlement in the 1870s. The area supported a thriving lumber industry in the early twentieth century. Now it survives on tourism to the hot...

Saguache

Added by yongli on 12/02/2015 - 14:09, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:11
The town of Saguache in the northern San Luis Valley began as an agricultural community after Ute Indians were removed from the area in the 1860s. Saguache boomed in the 1870s and 1880s, when it became an important starting-off point for miners headed to the San Juan Mountains, and again in the...

Silverton

Added by yongli on 02/01/2017 - 14:17, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:11
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...

Sterling

Added by yongli on 06/28/2017 - 14:05, last changed on 06/28/2017 - 14:07
Sterling is the county seat of Logan County in northeastern Colorado. Founded by homesteaders along the South Platte River in 1881, Sterling quickly developed into a commercial hub on Colorado’s eastern plains. Although it has been through its share of booms and busts, the town continues to serve...

Telluride

Added by yongli on 11/16/2015 - 13:24, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:11
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...

Victor

Added by yongli on 04/03/2017 - 15:42, last changed on 05/17/2017 - 17:42
Victor, the “City of Mines,” is located in Teller County on the western side of Pikes Peak . Incorporated in 1894, Victor was part of the Cripple Creek District , site of Colorado’s last significant gold mining boom. The city is situated next to Pike National Forest and overlooks the Wet Mountains...

Western Slope

Added by yongli on 01/23/2017 - 16:14, last changed on 05/09/2017 - 18:11
“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,...

“Little Rome”

Added by yongli on 06/02/2017 - 14:13, last changed on 06/02/2017 - 14:14
“Little Rome” was a residential area in Henson, a San Juan mining camp a few miles west of Lake City that peaked in the 1890s. Henson is notable for being the site of an 1899 strike carried out at the Ute Ulay and Hidden Treasure mines by Italians affiliated with the Western Federation of Miners ...
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