The town of Telluride is located in the southwest corner of Colorado in the spectacular San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains. Telluride lies approximately 100 highway miles northeast from the Four Corners, which is the intersection of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The town is situated at the end of a three-mile spur off State Highway 145 in a dramatic box canyon. Historic Telluride adjoins the Telluride ski area on its southern border and is surrounded by the 12,000-and 13,000-foot peaks of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
About this Establishment
The historic significance of Telluride encompasses the era of Ute habitation and the boom and bust mining era of the late 1800 and early 1900s. This heritage includes the ubiquitous brothels and bordellos, the narrow gauge railroad, and the notorious location of Butch Cassidy's first bank robbery. Alternating current electricity was researched and developed by Nickola Tesla for mine operations in the Telluride region. Historic Victorian and mining era architecture is featured in the community in both residential and commercial buildings of which 305 are designated historic structures. Of special note is the Telluride Museum, Sheridan Opera House, a Rio Grand Southern Rail Road Depot, and the Lone Tree Cemetery. Telluride's landmark status ensures careful preservation of the historic character of the district. Telluride is one of only six communities with this status in the state of Colorado.
Interpretation of these resources includes both published walking tours and guided tours. Interpretive plaque programs are in place and are utilized by local walking tours and by visitors to the Town of Telluride. Telluride has numerous plaques in public parks and a newly implemented interpretive plaque program on 26 historic sites, residential and commercial buildings throughout town. Seventeen of these sites are designated local landmarks.