A Quick History of Ouray
P. David Smith
A Quick History of Ouray Image Cover
Publisher:Western Reflections Publishing Co.
Place Published:Ouray, CO
Edition:Second Edition
Subjects: History, History - General History, History: American, United States - 19th Century/Old West, United States - State & Local - General

Summary: "The history of "Ouray -- Gem of the Rockies" is a fascinating tale of the typical boom and bust cycles of all of Colorado's major mining towns. Silver brought the first prospectors to the beautiful valley, but gold kept Ouray from becoming a ghost town after the Silver Crash of 1893. The town rebounded due to demand for metals during World War I and II but it slipped into an economic depression after each war. Although tourism was always important, in the 1970s it became more vital to the economy, and the town has continued to grow and prosper since that time. The abandoned ghost towns and mining relics that litter the local hillsides can be seen by anyone traveling the jeep trails interlacing the local mountains, which contain some of the most amazing scenery in the world."