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Aspen History

The richness of the history of Aspen is like no other among current day Colorado mountain towns. The 1950s, 1960s and 1970s witnessed the growth of Aspen into the international destination it is today where one can indulge in an abundance of year-round recreational activities, an array of cultural and intellectual events, and a life-style without parallel in any mountain town. Read more...

Snowmass Village History

In the 1880s, the Ute Indians were once again displaced from their native territory when a migration of primarily European ranchers settled in the Brush Creek Valley, the area we now know as Snowmass Village. Soon sheep and cattle and fields of wheat and hay filled the valley, surrounded by the magnificent peaks of the Elk Mountain Range – Mt. Baldy, Mt. Daly, Capitol Peak – to name a few. Read more...

Basalt History

Basalt was formed in the late 1880s when the two small communities of Frying Pan Junction and Aspen Junction joined together. The Town of Basalt was officially incorporated in October of 1901. Walk around downtown Basalt today and you will see remnants of its history in Victorian-styled buildings and the old charcoal kilns not far from the new home of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center, a world-famous “think and do” tank. Read more...

Carbondale & Missouri Heights History

Early homesteaders settled in the area that became Carbondale just a few years after Colorado achieved statehood on August 1, 1876. By the 1960s, the growth of the ski industry in Aspen further diversified Carbondale’s economic life as the impact of tourism and the resulting demand for goods and services was felt throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Today, Carbondale is not just another small Colorado mountain community located in a beautiful setting. It is rated to be one of the best towns in the country in which to work and play. Read more...

Redstone & The Crystal River History

It was in the late 1800s when Redstone was first settled by one of the famous robber barons, John Cleveland Osgood, who expanded his coal mining empire with a somewhat utopian project of “industrial paternalism.” He built what is now the Redstone Inn and 84 cottages to house his employees and their families plus the opulent 42-room Cleveholm Manor, or “Redstone Castle,” for himself. Osgood’s experiment failed when the mines closed in 1909, and an attempt by his widow to turn the buildings into a resort collapsed during the Depression. Redstone has slowly risen from the ashes and defied the fate of having lapsed into another Colorado ghost town. Still, the old coke ovens along Highway 133 are vivid reminders of the region’s past resource-extraction history where coal, marble, slate, silver, lead, zinc and uranium were mined. Read more...