Its been a classic Colorado November here in Ouray, a true transition month: 17 warm, sunny and short days; six cloudy days with rain, snow and sleet; two blustery ones with 40 mph winds. On the warm and dry side, November 2020 has averaged 29-degree nights and 52-degree days, approximately 6-7 degrees above normal as of this Monday.
In the late 1880s, William Jackson Palmer and his Denver and Rio Grande (D&RG) West Railroad had big dreams of conquering the Rocky Mountains to tap into the wealth flowing in and out of the new mining districts. Railroad companies knew building tracks through the mountains would be challenging and expensive.
50 YEARS AGO October 8, 1970 - Judge George Kempf found in favor of the petitioners, the Ouray County commissioners, in the continuing dispute over the extension of County Road 5 from “Kelly’s Gate” to the National Forest. Respondents were Wayland Phillips, Colorado Livestock Production Credit Assoc., Rosamond Rohlfs Zetterholm, Anna Louise Rohlfs Sanders.
Most of us who live here know that the city and county were named for Chief Ouray. We’ve seen his photos along with his wife Chipeta. Maybe we’ve even visited the Ute Museum in Montrose or attended programs about our region’s history. There’s definitely more to Chief Ouray’s story if you look a little deeper Some of the accounts offer slightly differ ent facts, which makes it challenging for a lay historian.
50 YEARS AGO October 1,1970 - Editorial: Patience is playing out with telephone service in Ouray again. After the last go-arounds with different phone officials at least a year ago, things did improve for a time, but irate reports are again coming in, and with good reason.