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Cortez in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Montezuma Title & Realty

29 E. Main

 
 
Montezuma Title & Realty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 10, 2020
1. Montezuma Title & Realty Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1884, this is one of the earliest commercial buildings in downtown Cortez.

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, this building was home to the First National Bank of Cortez. A walk-in vault that is still in place today was installed shortly after Butch Cassidy successfully robbed the First National Bank of Telluride. An "outlaw lookout” still exists on top of the building.

During the Depression, the building housed a barber shop where dryland farmers and cowboys would go for a shower and shave while they were in town.

In 1999, the building became the Clay Mesa Art Gallery and Studio.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 20.908′ N, 108° 35.057′ W. Marker is in Cortez, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on East Main Street east of South Market Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 East Main Street, Cortez CO 81321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nu-Way Western Wear (here, next to this marker); Journal Building (a few steps from this
Montezuma Title & Realty Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 10, 2020
2. Montezuma Title & Realty Marker
marker); Mead & Hengstler Lumber (within shouting distance of this marker); Montezuma Valley National Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Belmont Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Duff Mercantile (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Owl Café (about 300 feet away); Cortez Travel (Duncan Beauty Shop) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cortez.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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