File Fact: June 10 is considered the official birthday of the Town. It was the date the official name change from Columbia to Telluride was signed by then-Secretary of State James Rice.


From The Ouray Times, June 12, 1880


At an election held at Columbia June 9th, a mayor and two trustees were elected. The town is soon to have a new store. Quite a number of new lots have been recently located. Streets are being cleaned up to good shape, and the town is generally putting on airs.


From The Telluride Daily Journal, June 11, 1903

The Optimist

Telluride has at least one genuine optimist. He was heard to express a confident hope today that summer will come some time.

[This sentiment could have easily been expressed often in Telluride during this recent snowy spring. It actually made the news in 1903.]


From The Telluride Times, June 6, 1969

“True Grit” to be shown at Nugget

The Nugget Theatre in Telluride has been selected as one of three in the Rocky Mountain area for early showing of the motion picture True Grit which was filmed in the area [especially around Ridgway] by Paramount during the fall of 1968.

The film stars John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell.


From The Telluride Times, June 14, 1964

Human bones dug up by kids near Blue Jay

Are the bones and skull found near the Blue Jay Motel last week the anthropological discovery of Telluride Man? Or are they the remains of some distant unsolved homicide? Whatever or whosever bones they are, one thing seems clear to Sheriff Bill Masters: the bones are old, clean hairless bones and if a crime was involved in their shallow grave above the San Miguel River, the crime took place before he became sheriff and he’s happy about that.

A couple of second graders were playing and digging in some recently excavated land when they came across a femur, or thigh bone buried about three and a half feet from the surface.

Masters said the boys told him they knew it was a femur since they have been studying anatomy in school. They apparently kept digging, running into new bones each day until, with the aid of an older brother, they came across the skull. “They figured it was time to tell their parents at that point," said the sheriff.

Masters said that the fact that the bones were unaccompanied by any clothing, boots or jewelry or other personal effects leads him to believe they may be the remains of an Indian. Regional pathologist Dr. Tom Canfield will [investigate] to determine their age and that an archeological study may be done as well.


From The Telluride Times, May 31, 1974

Along the San Miguel

Everett Morrow, controversial town marshal, was rejected by area Democrats in his bid to get the party’s nod as candidate for county sheriff. His carefully engineered defeat was in part attributed to a remark Morrow made to the Durango Herald in which he allegedly vowed to “get them dirty bastards on the council.”

From the same issue:

Dog Commissioner, John Roth, announced a new policy. Dog owners would henceforth be charged $5 for dogs that were picked up by the dog warden, Dick Reynolds. Previously, dogs were picked up and returned to the owners gratis.


From The Telluride Times, June 7, 1979

Huck Finn Day contest winners

The winners of the Huck Finn Day costume contest were Corina Gordon, alias Becky Thatcher, and Adam Sucharski as Huck Finn.

[I hope you guys are in town to read this.]


From The Telluride Times, June 6, 1985

Randy at random (a column by Randy Brown)

Congratulations to the White Glove Award winners, who got baskets of flowers from Town Council as a reward for their efforts. The “spiffiest residence” belongs to Michael and Sally Courtney. Diane and John Tutt’s parlor car won the “spiffiest commercial” designation. Judging as Concerned Citizens were Elvira Wunderlich and Irene Visintin, commercial; and Mary Jo Schillaci, residential.

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