In my prior post I showed you the wonderful house we rented during the Thanksgiving week, in the Log Hill Village area of Ridgway, in SW Colorado, that had a panoramic view of the San Juan Mountain Ranges. Another good aspect of that house's location was that it was almost midway between the towns of Ouray and Telluride--two places we heard much about and wanted to visit. (All photos and photo collages in this post will enlarge for easier viewing if clicked on)
The drive to Telluride from Ridgway was about 45 minutes long...
... scenically winding around hills and mountains.
We took this drive at the end of November--in winter the views would be much more snow filled!
This iconic view looking down Main Street in Telluride took my breath away!
Click on the photo above to enlarge it, to see some historical markers located on Main Street.
Some interesting facts from Telluride's history:
Outlaw Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch began their brazen careers in robbing banks at the San Miguel National Bank in downtown Telluride in 1889. They stole $24,000 in mining payroll from the bank.
In 1891, entrepreneurs LL Nunn and; George Westinghouse worked together using Nikola Tesla's discovery of alternating current to run almost 2.5 miles of power line from a hydroelectric plant in Ames to the Gold King Mine. Eventually, those lines would be brought into the town and Telluride would become the first town in the country to be powered with alternating current electric power!
Due to its significant role in the history of the American West, Telluride was designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1964.
The historic downtown of Telluride is full of places to eat and shop and magnificent scenery, but most of the ski resorts, luxury hotels and restaurants, modern sprawling condominium complexes and million dollar homes are in the adjacent Mountain Village, which rises above Telluride to the southwest at an elevation of almost 10,000 feet.
I was excited to visit this historic and scenic town and I hope to return again many times in the future. Come back soon to take the gondola ride up the mountains to the ski resorts in my next post!
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