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GUNNISON- a little history.
As a fairly new arrival to this beautiful area I have been trying to discover a little more about the history of Gunnison and have decided to share some of my findings with you, our website visitors.
This unique mountain town Gunnison was named after Captain John W. Gunnison who discovered this beautiful area as he explored the area in search of the best railroad route across the Colorado Rockies.
The arrival of the railroad in 1880 resulted in booming productivity in the Gunnison valley. The future of mining looked promising but by 1883 only half of the original population remained as the ore veins played out.
The location of Gunnison resulted in its survival. In 1909, originally known as, Colorado State Normal School, Colorado Western State College was founded. The city has since remained an important educational center and its amazing surrounding wilderness and countryside offered a tourism opportunity.
Soon Gunnison became a popular getaway area. Already in the early 1900's, the Taylor River, Tomichi and Celolla creeks became known as the best trout fishing spots in the Rockies. When Crested Butte Ski area opened in 1963, Gunnison became a destination for some of the best downhill skiing. Today, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional Airport offers easy access to the slopes as it offers direct flights from major cities.
The historical museum of Gunnison offers us a glimpse into the past with displays of a restored schoolhouse, first post office, railroad depot and a steam engine.
The gorgeous natural surrounding scenery offers recreation to keep any outdoor enthusiast happy all year long- rolling babbling trout streams, crystal clear mountain lakes, forests and woodlands, formidable granite peaks above the timberline and valleys and vistas that make your heart sing.
The Gunnison River is a popular haven for fly fisherman and spinners alike. Be sure to review local fishing regulations, as some areas have different limits.
45 minutes to Crested Butte is Crested Butte Country Club. Again, check their schedule, as tee times vary.
Cottonwood Pass is past Taylor Park, and will take you over timberline as you descend into Buena Vista, and make the loop back around over Monarch Pass and into Gunnison.
For some rough 4WD action, try the road to Alpine Tunnel, assessable near Pitkin, but really, really rough!