There is a small museum in Crested Butte’s downtown and you could easily drive past it. While walking the sidewalk we just happened upon this neat little museum and were compelled to check it out.
According to the wall plaques, this museum began as a hardware store and then a gas station. John McCosker built the store in 1883. It was also a blacksmith shop. Until this day though the quaint little building is known as Tony’s Conoco. It provided needed support to the residents and those working the mines during this era. You can enlarge this photo to read more of the history.
Also interesting in the museum is the largest typical bull elk rack in the world, known as the Plute Bull or Dark Canyon Bull. Have you seen anything larger? Enlarge this image for more details.
I enjoyed this little museum that takes one back in time a little.
Mount Crested Butte is a separate location from Crested Butte, and has a higher elevation. Snow has now begun to blanket the area since our visit in late September – which is good for skiers. I can just imagine the white, glistening snow over the area during the winter.
One of the many websites highlighting this area is https://www.mtcrestedbuttecolorado.us/, designation Mt. Crested Butte as home of world-class downhill skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, hunting, golfing, as well as world-class art and music festivals.
The resort town is home to just over 800 year-round residents and is located among the Elk Mountains. The namesake mountain rises just above town to a height of 12,162 feet. “This unique setting affords some of the most breathtaking vistas in Colorado.”
The valley below was picturesque as much as the mountains, nestled among the Elk, Snodgrass, White Rock and Teocalli Mountains. From what I could tell the valleys include the Raggeds Wilderness and the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness.
I’m glad you’re still coming along with us to enjoy the views. Below is a video clip of the drive through Mt. Crested Butte down toward Crested Butte.
Don’t you just love cruising the local streets of towns less traveled, enjoying the local flavor, culture, art and life itself?
That’s the feeling when we traveled multiple times through downtown Crested Butte, Colorado recently, just before the snow season. I thought I would capture a little of the quaintness of the shops and life during a normal weekday.
I’m sure snow season presents a different scenario as cold weather “sportsters” converge on this beautiful little town, as well as Mount Crested Butte just above the town of Crested Butte.
One important factor we had to work through while staying in high altitude was oxygen. I felt pretty good and didn’t have altitude sickness but at night I had to breathe deeper. I also had a slight headache a couple of days and bought a can of oxygen. I didn’t have noticeable change though.
Some of us experimented with the oxygen bar. It helped some but the next day we felt we needed another treatment.
If you travel from lower altitude and stay in some of the higher ones this is something that needs to be considered, and even adjusting the budget a little.
As we cruised through the town there were local places that seemed to stand out. The local art was noticeable as well as the bicycle shops and unique eating establishments.
So – what is a “butte?” According to dictionary.com a “butte” is an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly above the surrounding land.
I’m glad you continue the journey with me into Crested Butte, Colorado as we briefly explored the area in late September 2018, just before the snow season began.
There are practically unlimited photos of Crested Butte. One of the websites with a significant display of images is http://bit.ly/2qJs3aL.
History of Crested Butte. The Town of Crested Butte, fondly referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Elk Mountains’, sits at an elevation of 8,885 feet and is located 28 miles north of the City of Gunnison in the County of Gunnison. Crested Butte and the surrounding area was originally home to the Ute Indians. http://bit.ly/2RTySlt
In 1873, geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden was on an expedition surveying the Elk Mountains. From the top of what is today known as Teocalli Mountain, Hayden referred to present day Crested Butte Mountain and Gothic Mountain as the “crested buttes”, which became the Town’s namesake.
With the days of coal mining long since passed, Crested Butte and the surrounding area is now a year-round vacation destination. Known as “the wildflower capital of Colorado.”
Crested Butte is not only a heritage tourism site, but a playground for people of all ages and interests, with endless opportunities ranging from snow sports to wildflower viewing, river running to rock climbing, hiking to biking, and festivals and events. (This information and more history is located at http://bit.ly/2RTySlt.
The final leg of our destination in Colorado is now close. We saw the Aspen trees in their yellow glory while at Pikes Peak and now we’re seeing more of their beauty traveling within an hour from Crested Butte.
My next few posts will discover this beautiful, quaint town nestled among the gigantic Rocky Mountains.
I thought I would give you a little windshield tour with my dash cam as we travel toward Crested Butte. I’m glad you are coming along.
Traveling U.S. Highway 50 from Canon City to Gunnison presents a another picturesque opportunity.
We stopped along the way and enjoyed some of the peaceful flow of the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado.
Following our little respite from the travel we continued on and were surprised by a wonderful little town called Salida. We decided to travel to the historic section and were greeted by some wildlife grazing around residences and businesses.
I enjoyed the quaintness of the town and the older structures. I wanted to research Salida a little further and discovered the town has the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area – considered one of the United State’s most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River. (Wikipedia)
Salida has also been called one of the best mountain towns in the U.S.
Known as the “Heart of the Rockies,” this mountain town has long been a hub of tourism, transportation and industry in the region.
The city sits at an elevation just over 7,000 feet, but it is surrounded by a number of 14ers (mountains exceeding 14,000 feet).
History of Salida
What is now Salida was first named South Arkansas.
It was one of many mining towns in the region as gold, silver, copper and iron.In May 1880, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad bypassed an existing settlement just to the south, in Cleora, and arrived in the town.
It was renamed Salida, which means exit, as it was at the gateway to the Arkansas River canyon. The town quickly prospered. More information is available at https://on9news.tv/2RAbsBA
So when you’re traveling some of the mountains in Colorado, take a respite in Salida for a unique experience. You may not want to try the Arkansas River during the winter months though. 😊