history of ouray colorado

History of Ouray – Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

Ouray Hotel has long provided a soothing relaxing atmosphere! Long before the area was discovered by two miners in search of gold, the tiny canyon now known as Ouray served as a sacred spot for the Ute Indians. Some people speculate that perhaps the name “Uncompahgre”, or dirty water, was given to the area to protect …

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Ghost Towns of the San Juans – Animas Forks

Over 500 Miles of Four Wheel Drive Trails Provide a Glimpse into the History of Southwest Colorado Mining History. It is hard to believe as we put our jeep into four low and ascend the side of a mountain, high above timberline that once hardy men and women made this journey in the dead of …

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Ridgway Railroad Museum in Ouray County has New Exhibits

The Ridgway Railroad Museum, located near the only traffic light in Ouray County, recently opened its 2011 season with a new look and several new exhibits.  “As many people know, we had a water pipe burst during the extreme cold snap in February,” said museum vice-president Jim Pettengill, “so after repairs were completed we took the opportunity …

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