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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Ouray: 1901

Ouray: 1901

Colorado circa 1901. "Ouray from Blow-out Canyon." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Town Celebrity

I like Ouray; I've been there several times. And it's the home of a friend of mine: Bill Fries, a.k.a. "C.W. McCall" of "Convoy" fame; a country singer of the 1970s.

As for Silverton, I recommend the Brown Bear Cafe.

Hot spring

Apparently, the pond at the bottom of the photo is a hot spring. From what you can see on Google Maps and from Street View which enables you to stand right beside the entrance, it seems to have been whittled down over the years and a water park has been built around it. There are some user photos which show the park and pools.

Hip, hip ...

... Sorry

Big City

Ouray is a veritable Metropolis compared to Silverton.

Hasn't changed all that much

Great shot of the greatest town in the west! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of how it used to be, before the townhouses and clutter!

Webcam at about the same location

Switzerland of The West

Today, a beautiful little town tucked in the mountains given the nickname Switzerland of the West. Not much room to grow, thankfully

 
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