Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Autumn Colors

Many of the aspens are just beautiful around here now. This was taken on the east side of town.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Gondola Station

A bright sunny day at the gondola station next to the Mountain Village grocery store.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

True Sign

With and without the "PR" this sign is true, and I expect it would be true of any ski town.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Miner's Union

The Miner's Union was built in 1901 as a hospital by the miner's union, it was closed down in less than two years due to labor strikes.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Roma Bar Building

This building contained one of the oldest saloons in town. It has been renovated since then and is now a restaurant called Honga's Lotus Petal.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First National Bank

Old First National Bank Building, which the corner shop is now the Sunglass Hut. The steps of the Sunglass Hut are a popular place for teenagers to hang out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

L.L. Nunn House

This house is one of my favorites. It was built in 1891, and was one of the first houses in the country to have an alternating electrical current, due to the fact that L.L. Nunn is the father of the electrical current. It is also known as the Cornell House since Mr. Nunn housed students from Cornell University here and lived next door.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wilson Peak, Elevation 14,017 Feet Above Sea Level

Wilson Peak is my favorite mountain and sits in Telluride's backyard. I took this from highway 145. It is one of Colorado's most popular 14ers and has been used in advertising by Jeep and Coors, most popularly as the picture on the Coors can. There are 53 official 14ers (mountains that have an elevation of higher than 14,000 feet) in Colorado and Wilson Peak ranks #48. I'm sure I will post many more photos of this mountain, especially during ski season when I'm on the ski lifts on a regular basis.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

North Oak House

The North Oak House was built in 1900 and managed to survive the Cornet Creek flood of 1914. Cornet Creek continues to be a concern and flooded some houses as recent as July 2007. This house has been restored to its original condition and is on the National Register of Historic Homes.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Telluride Historical Museum

Originally a hospital, the museum was built in 1896.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Town Hall

This was Telluride's first schoolhouse built in 1883. The town offices occupied the building after a new school was built, when the tower for drying fire hoses was added. Town Hall is next door to our Volunteer Fire Department.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fire Department

This is Telluride's Volunteer Fire Department. One of the most popular events they are in charge is the huge fireworks display every Fourth of July.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

The St. Patrick's Catholic Church was built in 1896. The interior of the church was remodeled in 2005.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Old Waggoner House

This was the home of Charles Waggoner, president of the Bank of Telluride during the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Stage

This is the stage in our town park used for the major festivals. The Blues and Brews Festival is the last festival of the summer. Town will pretty much be quiet now until ski season opens the week of Thanksgiving.

Here is a shot of the stage at night with Etta James and the Roots Band. I was excited to hear her perform At Last.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Everyone Grab Your Camera!!

The moon pretty much demanded that we all stopped what we were doing tonight at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival as it made it's appearance over the mountains.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

This weekend is the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. Check out the new snow above Timberline. We had a thunderstorm with some awesome sounding thunder Thursday night and awoke to see the snow Friday morning. My favorite band I've heard so far is Back Door Slam from the Isle of Man. I wonder of Babooshka of Ramsey Daily Photo has ever heard them.
There will be around 9,000 people in the park for the festival this weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Sheridan Hotel and Bar

The New Sheridan Hotel and Bar were built in 1895. The reason this is called the "New" Sheridan is because the original hotel burned in 1894. The New Sheridan Hotel is part of the National Trust for Historic Hotels of America.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

San Miguel County Courthouse

The San Miguel County Courthouse was originally built in 1886 only to be burned shortly after construction. The bricks were saved to build the present courthouse less than a year later pictured above. The courthouse had a facelift last summer as the most recent renovation.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Historic Telluride

Telluride was founded in 1878, and is a former silver mining camp along the San Miguel River. Telluride became a ski resort town in the 1970's and has a population of around 2,200, but there could be as high as 10,000 to 16,000 visiting during the ski season or the summer festivals. Since our town is one of Colorado's 20 National Historic Landmarks, I will be taking photos of several historic buildings and sites for the next several days and I probably will learn something about our history along the way.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What a View

This is looking down on Telluride from the summit of Ajax Peak. I hiked Ajax yesterday and stood at an elevation of 12,785 feet when I took this photo.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Waiting For the Bus

This statue is in front of the Telluride Middle School/High School and throughout the year is often found to be decorated with various pieces of clothing.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Palm Theatre

The Palm Theatre is one of the main locations to catch a movie during the Telluride Film Festival. The hand statues are only in place during the festival. The rest of the year there is a wide variety of shows and concerts to attend.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Take It Or Leave It

You can donate unwanted items or search for your own treasure at the Free Box on Pine Street. I took a bag full of clothes there yesterday.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Back to School

Kids went back to school this week after enjoying a three day weekend. The "SHOW" sign is still up from the famous Telluride Film Festival that is held every Labor Day weekend.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Paraglide Telluride

I just happened to look out the window to see someone paragliding into town. It looks scary to me, but fun to watch!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Best Tacos in Town

La Tapatia is a great stop for delicious and affordable tacos. There is a large and affordable menu of items to choose from and is owned and ran by one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Recycled Skis

One of Telluride's popular benches made out of old skis.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Theme Day: Telluride's Sister City, Mountain Village, Colorado

Mountain Village is Telluride's European-styled sister city, and is located just a short ride up the free gondola or a 15 minute drive by highway. Mountain Village was founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1995. The town is expanding rapidly due to the fact that the location of the Telluride Ski Resort is there. About 1,000 people live in Mountain Village year-round. It is a popular place for the wealthy to own second homes that are used only a few weeks a year or on vacation. Many people consider Mountain Village to be part of Telluride, but it is actually an independent town and has it's own post office, fire station and police force. The photo above was taken this summer, but since this town is more commonly visited in the winter, I have also included three pictures from last winter, the first two taken from the same location.

This photo is of the area at the base of lift 4 called "The Beach." The area where the snowed is melted is heated to be safe for walking on, and is the "sand" for "The Beach." The crane that is in the first two photos is being used to construct a new luxury hotel. There is a lot of construction going on in all of Mountain Village, especially in the summer.

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