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Hello all,
This view is from the top of the gondola station in Telluride. I only had a half a day to explore this little gem of a mountain town. Telluride has one of the only free gondolas in the country. Telluride is at the end of a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, and is in San Miguel County in the southwestern part of the state and was originally a summer camp of the Ute Indians. The town was originally named Columbia by Spanish explorers but was changed by miners in the 1880's to Telluride. The town was established as a silver mining camp and became a town in 1878. The railroads came in the 1890's and the towns' population swelled to about 5,000. Silver crashed and the town dwindled to a small village and then the onset of WWI brought the mining to a halt. In the 1970's the town began to mine Legendary powder, a kind of gold, and the ski resort opened.
The old core of the town was designated a National Historic Landmark district in 1964. There is also Telluride Village was would be behind me in this photo and where most of the ski runs are today. I took a few photos of that side of the mountains too but this was the prettier side. They have done a marvelous job of keeping the town in an original state as one would not find a MacDonalds or a Starbucks in the historic district.
Telluride is hard to get to and is accessed by the San Juan Skyway from Ridgeway. It is a gorgeous drive through a very narrow canyon with a creek alongside the highway. So secluded. At the end of the box canyon there is a waterfall too.
Please enjoy my photo...

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