Crested Butte

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Crested Butte rises 8,885 feet above sea level on the edge of the beautiful Elk Mountains in the Gunnison Country of Colorado's Western Slope. Between Crested Butte and Aspen, 25 miles to the north, are six 14,000-foot-high peaks with 12,000-foot-high passes and scenery that takes the breath away. Crested Butte began as a silver camp but soon turned into one of the great coal towns of the West, with a rich ethnic heritage evolved from the mining camps. In the 21st century, Crested Butte is a tourist town of 1,500 residents highlighted by the Mount Crested Butte Ski Area, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and its wonderful wildflower and music festivals. The town today is what it always has been, "the queen jewel of the Elk Mountains."
ISBN: 9780738574431
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Duane Vandenbusche has been a professor of history at Western State College in Gunnison since 1962. He is the author of eight books on the Gunnison Country and Western Colorado, including Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Around Monarch Pass. The cross-country running coach until 2007 at the college, his men's and women's teams won 12 national championships and produced three Olympians. The evocative photographs in this volume were gathered from libraries, museums, private collections, and old-timers.
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