GUNNISON COUNTY, COLORADO
Gunnison County was once the largest in the State of Colorado, extending from the central Rockies to the Utah border, encompassing most of the lands remaining to the various Ute tribes. Mineral discoveries in the Elk and San Juan mountain ranges in the 1860s and early 1870s instigated one change after another to U.S. Government treaties with the Utes. In 1872, Felix Brunot and Otto Mears negotiating more modifications to the Ute treaties with Chief Ouray. In 1873, after the Ruffner expedition had completed a reconnaissance of the region, the Utes found themselves contained in yet smaller areas, known as the White River and Los Pinos agencies. But these treaty modifications opened the Gunnison country up to further exploration and settlement by the Caucasians.
GUNNISON CITY, COLORADO, 1882
Although not specifically labeled as such, most likely a George E. Mellen photograph (handwriting similar to other identified Mellen images).
Overview looking northwest from near Tomichi Avenue. Photograph taken a couple of years after Sylvester Richardson founded town.
Image dimensions: 3-1/4 inches by 3-7/8 inches.
Mount dimensions: 7 inches by 4 inches.
Stereo views in near fine condition: a few abrasions; each a shade light.
Mount in very good condition: corners lightly worn.
1882 handwriting on back of mount.