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Path to the

Wild West

Montrose has a rich Native American, agricultural, mining, and railroad heritage.
Today, that history is preserved and presented at three great museums and a fun
and historic downtown district. While you're here, be sure to do some time traveling
and explore our amazing past.

Ute Indians are the primary inhabitants of the valley for countless centuries.
Learn more about their fascinating story at the Ute Indian Museum.

Mining fever grips Colorado as thousands flock to
the state's mineral-rich mountain ranges. The Red
Mountain Mining District in the San Juan Mountains
becomes one of the richest in the United States.

The town of Montrose is founded by David Loutsenhizer and Joseph
Selig. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad arrives and builds a small
depot, the first of three built in Montrose. This first depot can be seen
at the Museum of the Mountain West and the third depot now houses
the Montrose County Historical Museum.

Butch Cassidy spends time in jail in Montrose for
" stealing a horse " , later found to be his own. The
following year, Cassidy goes on to rob his first bank
in Telluride.
Montrose becomes an agricultural center with the completion of
the Gunnison Tunnel, a source of irrigation water and a National
Engineering Landmark. President Taft opens the tunnel from a railroad
car in a special ceremony. During his visit, Taft is credited with referring
to the Uncompahgre Valley as the " incomparable valley with the
unpronounceable name. "

Black Canyon is designated as a National Monument.

Black Canyon National Monument officially becomes a National Park.

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