By Erin McIntyre
An “unfortunately named road” is attracting attention from a national professional organization after social media posts highlighted its quirky nature.
The National Realtors Association and the Colorado Association of Realtors are hoping to convince Ouray County locals to change the name of Dead Realtor Lane, a private road off County Road 1. The route is less than a mile long and accesses a handful of properties in the rural area.
The origins of the road name are murky, with rumors about a beef with a Realtor decades ago serving as the impetus. According to county property records, the name has been in place since at least 1971, and county roads officials say they started getting a few complaints about it in recent years.
Dead Realtor Lane isn’t the only quirky road name in Ouray County - others include Sue Bob Court, Spud Hill and Pistol Pete Lane. But it’s one that Commissioner Ben Tisdel refers to as “unfortunately named,” as it attracts negative attention.
At the last county commissioners’ meeting, Tisdel raised the issue and mentioned he’s been contacted a few times by Realtors associations. County Attorney Carol Viner said there’s not much the county can do, as it’s a privately named road that was established before road-naming standards were implemented.
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