Tales of the Gunnison Country is hosted by Western Colorado University Professor of History Duane Vandenbuche.
In just three minutes, Vandenbuche introduces us to the people, places, and stories of the early days of the region.
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It wasn’t just white settlers that helped shape the future of the Gunnison Country.
Between Tincup and Aspen sits Bowman, at the base of Taylor Pass.
The mines near the east edge of modern-day Gunnison County ended up shipping lead and zinc during WWI for the war effort or to the Sherwin-Williams paint factory in Kansas.
Jesse James and brother Frank were one step ahead of the law and wanted to lay low until things cooled down.
Spanish expeditions made their way into the Gunnison Country in the 1600s and 1700s.
Assuming the elevation and cold made farming impossible, not many tried. But George Cornwall didn’t know it was supposed to be impossible, and he made it work.