Montrose in Montrose County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Exploration. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
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. The Painted Wall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pegmatite Dikes (approx. 2.3 miles away); 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); The Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 11.1 miles away); Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 11.2 miles away); The Winds of Change (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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2018, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 8 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.
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