History of Ouray

History of Ouray – The Mesker Brothers

Ouray, Colorado boasts beautiful architecture, and one of the largest collections of Mesker facades maintained to perfection! The Mesker Brothers Iron Works and George L. Mesker & Co. were competing manufacturers and designers of ornamental sheet-metal facades and cast iron storefront components from the 1880s through the mid-twentieth century. The Mesker Brothers Iron Works was …

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National Historic District of Ouray: Historic Walking Tour

Eight blocks long by eight blocks wide, tucked at the end of a narrow valley in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the National Historic District of Ouray sits waiting to show off her Victorian architecture.  There is a walking tour of the town that showcases many of the historical buildings. There are also some …

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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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Five Reasons to Make Ouray, Colo., Your Summer Vacation Destination

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Festivals, Hiking, Biking, Historic Mining Highlight ‘Switzerland of America’ Winter won’t last forever (really). Despite the low temps, short days and seemingly endless snow shoveling ahead for much of the country, it is never too early to start dreaming about your summer vacation plans. Here are five reasons to put Ouray, Colo., the top …

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