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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Montrose County, Colorado

 
Clickable Map of Montrose County, Colorado and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Montrose County, CO (34) Delta County, CO (18) Gunnison County, CO (32) Mesa County, CO (26) Ouray County, CO (1) San Miguel County, CO (1) Grand County, UT (27) San Juan County, UT (45)  MontroseCounty(34) Montrose County (34)  DeltaCounty(18) Delta County (18)  GunnisonCounty(32) Gunnison County (32)  MesaCounty(26) Mesa County (26)  OurayCounty(1) Ouray County (1)  SanMiguelCounty(1) San Miguel County (1)  GrandCountyUtah(27) Grand County (27)  SanJuanCounty(45) San Juan County (45)
Adjacent to Montrose County, Colorado
    Delta County (18)
    Gunnison County (32)
    Mesa County (26)
    Ouray County (1)
    San Miguel County (1)
    Grand County, Utah (27)
    San Juan County, Utah (45)
 
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GEOGRAPHIC SORT
1Colorado (Montrose County), Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — Pegmatite Dikes
Over a billion years ago, molten rock was squeezed into fissures forming the light-colored bands which thread Black Canyon's otherwise dark walls. You are standing on one of these bands. As the hot fluid slowly cooled and hardened, minerals formed . . . Map (db m158993) HM
2Colorado (Montrose County), Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — The Painted Wall
At 2300 feet, Painted Wall is the highest cliff in Colorado. If the Empire State Building stood on the canyon floor, it would reach slightly more than halfway to the top of the cliff. The patterns that inspired the name Painted Wall were created . . . Map (db m159001) HM
3Colorado (Montrose County), Cimarron — All Aboard
Promoters called this the "Scenic Line of the World" to entice travelers to see western Colorado by rail. The Denver & Rio Grande guidebook Around the Circle invited readers to join the trip: "Unlike many of the Colorado canyons, . . . Map (db m158937) HM
4Colorado (Montrose County), Cimarron — From Mountain to Table
The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad opened up vast new markets to sheep and cattle ranchers. Cimarron grew to become one of the busiest loading stops in Colorado. Breeding stock wintered in valleys to the west. Trains or spring drives brought cattle . . . Map (db m158946) HM
5Colorado (Montrose County), Cimarron — Geography Sets the Stage
The Gunnison River carved Black Canyon through a 50-mile block of rock called the Gunnison Uplift. Look up to the slopes above to see the edge of the uplift. The Cimarron River cut through its walls and into the canyon creating a geographic . . . Map (db m158945) HM
6Colorado (Montrose County), Cimarron — Narrow Path to Prosperity
When you build a new railroad, what possible difference can 20½ inches between rails make? In the 1880s, the decisions to use a narrow gauge here in the mountains opened up trade across Colorado. In 1863 Congress set the standard guage for . . . Map (db m158942) HM
7Colorado (Montrose County), Cimarron — Working on the Railroad
Like a snarling dragon, the river kept an endless attack on the rail bed in the canyon. Slumping soils on the hills near Cerro Summit pushed tracks toward nearby creeks. Keeping the tracks east and west from Cimarron in good working shape was a . . . Map (db m158986) HM
8Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Building a Dam
Fir logs, up to 30 feet in length, formed the base for the diversion dam. Although built in the winter when the river was sluggish, pumps were needed to divert the flow around the construction site. The dam is used to fill the tunnel when the water . . . Map (db m120247) HM
9Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Building An Empire: The Spanish Frontier
The Spanish empire's influence on the American southwest began long before the 1776 journey of Dominguez and Escalante. Indeed, Spanish conquistadors, in search of gold and silver, explored the region as early as 1540. Santa Fe, the capital of New . . . Map (db m120221) HM
10Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Early Exploration
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 . . . Map (db m120242) HM
11Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Early Freighting Ventures
Bull Whackers and Mule Skinners Discovery of gold and silver in the 1870s in the San Juan Mountains south of Montrose created a demand for freighting services to haul equipment and supplies into the mines and carry out ore bound for . . . Map (db m120127) HM
12Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Early Irrigation in the Uncompahgre ValleyA Landscape Transformed
Early Irrigation in the Uncompahgre Valley In the late 1800s, local irrigation companies constructed canals and ditches to divert water from the Uncompahgre River for farming and City use. Water was scarce and there was not enough for City . . . Map (db m158987) HM
13Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Founding of Montrose
  This plaque commemorates the establishment of the City of Montrose. First called Pomona, the original 320 acre townsite was laid out in January 1882 by O.D. Loutsenhizer and Joseph Selig. They were assisted by A. Pumphrey, John Baird, . . . Map (db m120006) HM
14Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — In Behalf of the Light
As Father Escalante so appropriately recorded in his diary, the Dominguez Escalante expedition was made “in behalf of the Light." Dominguez and Escalante were Franciscan priests, and their religion strongly influenced the course of their . . . Map (db m120222) HM
15Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Instrument of SurrenderThe End of the Second World War
Instrument of Surrender [not transcribed] The End of the Second World War After 1364 days, 5 hours and 14 minutes, World War II, Pacific, ended officially at 0904 September 2, 1945 with the signing of this Instrument of Surrender on . . . Map (db m159102) HM
16Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Light at the End of the Tunnel
Surveyors took daily measurements to ensure that drillers, powdermen, muckers, and haulers stayed on course inching their way toward the valley. Crews at the other end plowed toward the canyon. Using points across the river, as well as in the . . . Map (db m120245) HM
17Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Montrose County Jail
Erected through the cooperation of federal · state · and local governments by Works Progress Administration Dedicated to the enrichment of human lives A record of permanent achievementMap (db m159106) HM
18Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Pageant in the Wilderness
On July 29, 1776, two Franciscan priests, Fray Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Fray Silvestre Velez de Escalante, led their eight companions out through the gates of Santa Fe and into the heart of the American southwest. Their five-month . . . Map (db m120225) HM
19Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120137) HM
20Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120138) HM
21Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120139) HM
22Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120141) HM
23Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120142) HM
24Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120144) HM
25Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120146) HM
26Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Preserving Our Heritage
Within a few years, one generation passes and another comes on the scene. If those who follow are to have any notion of what it was that went before, it must fall to those who possess a tie to the past to preserve what may be known. In that . . . Map (db m120147) HM
27Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — So Bold, So Beautiful a Land
It took bold men to ride into a bold land—a land of raging rivers, burning deserts, towering mountains, and rugged canyons. The land of the Southwest through which Dominguez and Escalante travelled in 1776 was awesome in beauty and . . . Map (db m120226) HM
28Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition / Dominguez-Escalante Country
The Dominguez-Escalante Expedition Just south of here on August 27, 1776, the Spanish explorers Dominguez and Escalante met a Ute Indian whom they called El Surdo (The Deaf One). They were seeking a route west, the two Spaniards . . . Map (db m120219) HM
29Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — The Gunnison Tunnel
The Tunnel That Made the Desert Bloom Early settlers in the Uncompahgre Valley found getting water to the fertile but arid soil an ongoing challenge. Originally, irrigation water from the Uncompahgre River was diverted onto the land through . . . Map (db m120134) HM
30Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — The Methodist Episcopal ChurchCirca 1882
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m159002) HM
31Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — The Utes / Uncompahgre River Country / Ouray (1833-1880) / Chipeta (1843-1924)
The Utes An Abundant Earth The bountiful food resources of the Uncompahgre Valley normally allowed the Tabeguache Utes a life free from hunger. Elk and deer ranged through the valley in profusion, as did antelope, mountain sheep, beaver, . . . Map (db m120289) HM
32Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — The Winds of Change
For hundreds of years, American Indians were virtually the sole inhabitants of western Colorado. Isolated by the towering mountain peaks and rugged canyons and plateaus, members of the Ute Indian tribe lived relatively undisturbed here until their . . . Map (db m120148) HM
33Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — Veterans Memorial
We dedicate this memorial to all veterans, men and women, who served in any branch of the Armed Services of the United States of America in the past - the present - and in the future - to preserve the right for us to be free . . . Map (db m159094) WM
34Colorado (Montrose County), Montrose — What's in a Name?
The town of Montrose was originally known as Pomona, but early settler and town father, Joseph Selig, suggested the name Montrose after a favorite character in Sir William Scott's popular novel, The Legend of Montrose. Uncompahgre . . . Map (db m120135) HM
 
May. 8, 2021