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The storied town of Durango is situated on the farmlands of the Ancestral Puebloans, which later became the hunting grounds for the Southern Utes, in the Animas River Valley of southwestern Colorado. Founded in 1880 as the headquarters of the Silverton branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, Durango became the supply depot for gold and silver mines up and down the Western Slope. One of the few old-time cowboy towns in Colorado that retains the vibrancy of a self-supporting downtown of hotels, restaurants, and retail businesses, Durango has worked actively to restore and remodel historic buildings. Enhanced by stories of Spanish explorers, miners, settlers, early entrepreneurs, and the desperadoes of Western lore as well as Hollywood myth, Durango has earned a reputation as one of the Rocky Mountains' favorite travel destinations.
ISBN: 9780738569758
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 195
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The vintage images for this evocative window on Durango's past were gathered from the Library of Congress, Denver Public Library, Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, La Plata County Historical Society, San Juan Historical Society, and private collections. Author Frederic B. Wildfang's works include the Images of America volumes Lake Havasu City and Prescott and the poetry collection The Mundo of the Mundane.
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