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Montrose in Montrose County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Early Exploration

 
 
Early Exploration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2018
1. Early Exploration Marker
Inscription.  Standing here, it is difficult to imagine anyone trying to cross the canyon or navigate its waters. Like hikers today, the Utes and early explorers faced rigorous hardships.

In 1900, William Torrence led a crew to explore the possibility of diverting Gunnison River water for farming. His first trip ended with the loss of most supplies and a difficult climb to the rim.

Torrence set out the next year with A. Lincoln Fellows, with a rubber air mattress. The trip lasted nine days and was not without trouble. "At the 'Narrows' the fun began. The Canyon is full of great boulders, which form bridges across the stream. Over these we must scramble, one getting on top and pulling the other up. We spent a day going a quarter of a mile. the walls are almost perpendicular in many places and some 2,000 feet or more to the top."

The Gunnison Diversion Tunnel was completed in 1909, and still provides water to lands around Montrose. Today's river lacks a seasonal variation in water flow and the reduced river is diminished in its ability to sculpt the canyon.
 
Erected by National
Early Exploration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2018
2. Early Exploration Marker
Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 34.898′ N, 107° 42.864′ W. Marker is in Montrose, Colorado, in Montrose County. Marker can be reached from Rim Drive Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at Chasm View. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montrose CO 81401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (approx. 2.6 miles away); Light at the End of the Tunnel (approx. 5.2 miles away); Building a Dam (approx. 5.2 miles away); Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 11.2 miles away); The Winds of Change (approx. 11.2 miles away); a different marker also named Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 11.2 miles away); a different marker also named Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 11.2 miles away); a different marker also named Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montrose.
 
Also see . . .  1901-Torrence & Fellows Expedition. (Submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2018
3. Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2018
4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, May 29, 2018
5. Black Canyon of the Gunnison
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Close up photo of the "Chasm View" marker seen to the left. Or if qualifies, then please enter. • Can you help?
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