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.
Hear Tales of the Gunnison Country twice weekly on KBUT. Scroll down to hear archived episodes.
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.
Twenty-seven men worked under a foreman to help build Pioneer Ski Area.
Rocks, trees, and the land slid down the land and built Lake San Cristobal.
It’s called Doctor Mine, not Doctor’s Mine.
Is there a more beautiful town in Colorado than Lake City?
J. C. Bowerman’s ‘secret’ camp is no longer a secret.
A midwesterner tried to hit it rich for 25 years in the silver territory of the Gunnison Country. Then he actually struck it rich.
Collegiate skiing featured the best skiers in the nation in the 1960s.
Postmen braved extreme temperatures, avalanches, and hostiles to take the mail from camp to camp.
At the Los Pinos Indian Agency, a plot was hatched to assassinate Chief Ouray, Chief of the Utes.
“Captain” Ellen Jack came west hoping to make a fortune in the mines with diamonds and a .44 pistol.
Silver and gold brought prospectors near Henson Creek, the onetime site of Capital City.
Sam Fisher’s toll road ceased when the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad became the main route between Gunnison and Crested Butte.
He worked as a superintendent and mining engineer for mining companies across Colorado. Wanderlust struck, so he headed for the Gunnison Country.
Burros moved goods and supplies in and silver out.
Near Whitepine, two veteran prospectors found gold deposits, but failed to note the oncoming signs of winter.
Gunnison was first laid out in 1879 to accommodate miners flocking to the area. Some of the city’s founders didn’t see eye-to-eye on things.
Skiing was used for transportation and fun for those living in the Gunnison Country in the 1800s.
In July of 1879, A.T. Gilkerson tried for one last time to find ore in the Gunnison Country. He found it!