Ouray County Historical Society Offers Evenings of History

The lecture series delves into local history of mining, railroading, architecture and geology

By: By Mackenzie Maher

Thanks to the Ouray County Historical Society and its Evenings of History program, learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is out for the summer. The Colorado-based historical society is helping local residents and visitors alike keep their minds sharp during summer vacation with a lecture series. All of the lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Upcoming lectures focus on local historical topics, including “The First Five Years of the Solid Muldoon” by Duane Smith on June 29; “Geology of Ouray County” by Bob Larson on July 6; “Ouray County’s Historical Hotels” by Carolyne Kelly on July 13; “19th Century Mills and Smelters of Ouray County” by Don Paulson on July 20; and “Ridgway, Always a Railroad Town” by Keith Koch on July 28.

In addition to the lectures, the National Historic District of Ouray offers historic walking tours through both the towns of Ouray and Ridgway. With the 13,000-foot peaks surrounding the area that have earned Ouray the nickname “The Switzerland of America,” and the numerous hot spring pools and tubs nearby, (the largest of which is the million-gallon Ouray Hot Springs Pool), Ouray is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise; those visiting should make sure to leave time for one of these great walks or to explore the variety of other nature activities the town has to offer.

Natural Historic District of Ouray


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