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.
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.
Silver is discovered along south Arkansas River in the 1880’s. Mining camps quickly popped up along the river.