Crested Butte was incorporated July 3, 1880, serving the surrounding
areas a supply town for hard rock miners and ranchers. Its founder, Howard F. Smith
realized that the real economic potential for Crested Butte lay in the plentiful
coal deposits in the area. Smith convinced the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad to
come to Crested Butte in 1881, and Crested Butte became sort of a coal mining boom town.
Coal mining lasted until 1952 with the closing of the Big Mine, and Crested Butte's economy went into
recession. The town has since transformed itself into a year round tourist destination offering
hiking, biking, rock-climbing, and skiing. Crested Butte is actually two towns, the older Crested Butte
and the newer Mount Crested Butte where the ski resort of Crested Butte Mountain Resort is located.
I'm not a downhiller so the focus of my interest and of this presentation is the town of Crested Butte. And as a bonus, I have included a section on Gothic, CO.
Around the Town
This section contains photos from around Crested Butte, with an emphasis on Elk Avenue, which is the historic shopping district (and I think the most interesting part) of the town.
I like to take close-up wide angle shots of buildings. It leads to some interesting pictures, especially when the buildings are garishly painted.
Bluegrass in Paradise
Crested Butte holds an annual bluegrass festival called Bluegrass in Paradise that started in 2010 (I think is might be called Crested Butte Music Festival now). I attended the 2012 edition. The first day (July 14) was really rainy, but the second day (July 15) was pretty nice.
Bonus - Gothic, CO
If you drive north on 6th St it turns into Gothic Road. Continue on for about 7 miles and you end up in the ghost town (almost) of Gothic. Gothic was a silver mining town with its heyday in the late 1800's. Once silver played out, the town became nearly deserted, with only one resident left by 1914, Garwood Judd. Dr. John Johnson bought the town in 1928 and estblished the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. A few of the original buildings remain and some have been restored. Gothic is home to the Rocky Mountain Bilogical Laboratory that conducts ecological research of the region.
Thanks to Uncover Colorado and Wikipedia for background information.
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