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The Town of Crested Butte has always been known for its scenic setting, its mineral lodes, and its hardy citizenry. Scots- English-lrish stock predomenated in the early mining era. Central and Southern European stock sunk roots during the coal development period. By 1925, the town's population consisted largely of unskilled immigrant labor. Eventually these people owned and operated many of the local businesses
The first white settlers were prospectors who arrived in 1861. The County of Gunnison was formed in 1877, and the town site was first laid out in the spring of 1879. Travelers to Gunnison would have to take the Barlow & Sanderson Stage from Salida, to reach the area before the arrival of the railroads.
Our Quick Reference lists Gunnison County, Colorado State, and National Historic Sites
The mission of Colorado Preservation, Inc., founded in 1984, is to promote historic preservation in our State by providing information, education, training, expertise and advocacy. We achieve this mission by partnering with historic property owners, non-profit organizations, educators and local governments throughout Colorado.
History Colorado, a twenty-first-century historical society. Established in 1879, History Colorado is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education. We offer public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.
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