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Sites seen along the Lower Gunnison River of Colorado

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A couple of months ago, several friends of mine and I spent a week floating 60 miles of the Lower Gunnison River in western Colorado. Our starting point was upstream from the town of Delta, and our take-out was near Grand Junction.

 In addition to viewing the natural beauty of the river and its canyons, we were able to experience some of the areas past history.

Rock art on the canyon walls indicate the usage of the river area thousands of years ago.  In the late 1700’s, the area was explored by the Spanish friars Dominguez and Escalante. Farmers moved into the area in the 1800’s and remain today.  Remnants of the early homesteads, ferries, bridges, irrigation ditches, and other equipment can still be seen.

A narrow gauge railroad was constructed along the river in the 1880’s. Upgraded to standard gauge, the railroad line is still very active. Remains of the early railroad camps can still be seen.

The photos are of several of the sites that we saw.  More can be seen at:


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