Small Town - Colorado Style

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    Telluride, Colorado, like several other small towns in the area, was established as the result of the discovery of gold. The first mining claim was posted during 1875. Telluride is within the San Juan range of the Rocky Mountains. With the town at an elevation of 8,750 feet, the miners experienced harsh winters. During 1889, Butch Cassidy robbed the San Miguel Bank (Telluride is within San Miguel County) in Telluride (the bank later burned and that is not it at the left of the photo). Mining ended and the first of the town's ski lifts was constructed during 1972. Today, Telluride depends largely on the tourism and skiing business. The street in the photo is Colorado Avenue. I find it surprising that it was constructed as wide as it is.
    Nikon D800
    1/320 sec at f/6.3 ISO 100 34mm
    September 17, 2014

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    1. Mark, 30 months ago | reply

      In my memory (I'll look it up later) Telluride is 7500ft, MV is 8300. I don't know where or how high Tomboy (or other mining camps) is/was.

    2. Ron Drew 30 months ago | reply

      Mark Stump
      Thanks Mark. I saw the 8,750 listed on several internet sources, but I think that you might be correct.

    3. Mark, 30 months ago | reply

      R Ron Drew
      I see Google Earth seems to say 8800 and 9500
      (making me wrong about each, as well as the relative difference).
      I've heard the alt is a grid average and I don't know how large the grids are. I consider all of Telluride proper to be at the same altitude, but I wouldn't say the same thing about MV (which, as I understand it is really part of Telluride).
      I'll keep poking around to see what come of it.

    4. David Colombo Photography 30 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot. Love the colors and sharpness throughout. Your composition really leads the eye through the photo and into the mountains. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    5. subgenius1 30 months ago | reply

      Lovely photo of Telluride Ron!

    6. Ron Drew 30 months ago | reply

      Allan Birch
      Thank you Allan. Telluride is such a scenic old small town and that mountain at the end of Colorado Avenue is just astonishing. Viewing some of my old photos of the area really does make me want to return.

    7. jackalope22 30 months ago | reply

      Interesting place - it was once a hidden gem - then the Hollywood crowd came in and drove up the tourism and the cost of living. Most people who work there live 35 miles away because they can't afford to live there anymore.
      A beautiful view of the Rockies from there.

    8. Ron Drew 30 months ago | reply

      Paul Grillo
      Hi Paul,
      It really is a beautiful place. Just to stand there on the street and view those mountains is rather stunning. The town is not large, but I like the architecture too. There are just so many amazing places within a day's drive of home.

    9. miss_betty2012 (not available much) 30 months ago | reply

      Wow, no wonder Telluride is so popular. I've heard about it for ages. This is just stunning. That has to be one of the most picturesque towns in all of America. Absolutely beautiful shot, Ron.

    10. Ron Drew 30 months ago | reply

      Thank you Betty. I don't ski, but from what I have heard, Telluride has some of the best skiing in the country. We have visited the town twice and it has wonderful clear crisp air during the summer.

    11. Ron Drew 29 months ago | reply

      Joel Raskin
      Thank you Joel. It certainly is a lot easier when the subject matter is so strong.

    12. Facundity 28 months ago | reply

      Very nice.
      Your picture in UN-ENHANCED AMERICAN WEST
      was really good. CONGRATULATIONS!

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    13. East Western 28 months ago | reply

      Your picture in UN-ENHANCED AMERICAN WEST
      was really good. CONGRATULATIONS!

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    14. inkknife_2000 (9.5 million views) 28 months ago | reply

      Your picture in UN-ENHANCED AMERICAN WEST
      caught the admin's eye. CONGRATULATIONS!

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    15. JP Holappa Photography 27 months ago | reply

      Wow! The view is unbelievable in this town.

    16. Ron Drew 27 months ago | reply

      JP Holappa Photography
      Thank you. It is awesome just walking around the town snd taking in the views.

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