Ann Hoffman, a registered nurse, educator, and museum curator grew up in a history‑loving family. Her father was a graduate of the University of Colorado, at Boulder, and a history major. Ann's family lived at Ignacio, in the Centennial State, during her formative years. Her father, an avid outdoorsman, introduced his family to the historical and physical attributes of the Western Slope of Colorado, from Durango to Grand Junction. Ann particularly loved the Ouray area. At retirement, Ann and her husband Neil settled into their mountain home near Ouray, learning all they could about the local history and surrounding mountainous terrain.

Several years later, friend "Pat" Donovan, then President of the Ouray County Historical Society, asked Ann to direct the society and museum. She agreed to do so, remaining in that capacity for nearly seven years. During that time she learned much more about the history of Ouray, especially from historian, Doris Gregory, and archivist, Marietta Malzer, who were then serving the historical society on a volunteer basis. It was during Ann's tenure at the museum that she became interested in writing this booklet. She hopes you will have fun reading it.

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