Monday, February 6, 2012

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

We were fortunate to visit Glenwood Springs in February. A bit of background of the history of the city from the Glenwood Chamber Wesbite: "Glenwood Springs is located 40 miles north of Aspen, Colorado and 60 miles west of Vail, Colorado. Awe-inspiring Glenwood Canyon is the gateway to western Colorado and is the starting point of many popular hiking trails like Hanging Lake and Grizzly Creek. ( By the way, we have hiked the STRENUOUS hike to Hanging Lake in the dead of winter.. incredible vistas )At the confluence of the Colorado River and Roaring Fork River, Glenwood Springs is known for its rafting, kayaking and gold-medal fly fishing. Glenwood Springs is home to the world’s largest natural Hot Springs Pool, the natural underground Vapor Caves at Yampah Spa, and the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves.

The Ute Indians were the first to call Glenwood Springs home. They enjoyed the healing powers of the hot mineral springs, they called "Yampah," which means "Big Medicine." In 1860, Captain Richard Sopris was the first white man to lay claim to Glenwood Springs. By 1883, the area had grown into a rough-hewn town of bars and brothels, populated with gamblers, gunslingers, miners and madams. In 1890, a bath house, lodge and pool were built near the hot springs' source. Glenwood Springs became known as the "Spa in the Rockies" and attracted the rich and famous of the day, including President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, President William Taft, and the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown. Glenwood Springs also attracted infamous gangsters such as Al Capone and Diamond Jack Alterie. Gunman-gambler-dentist, John Henry "Doc" Holliday came to Glenwood Springs in hopes of curing his advanced tuberculosis by soaking in the hot springs. The mineral-rich waters couldn't help him, and he died in Glenwood Springs in 1887. His memorial is located in the Linwood Pioneer Cemetery, just a short hike from historic downtown Glenwood Springs." (

We ate in the Doc Holliday Bar... where they have an entertaining history of Doc Holliday along with portraits of him and his girlfriend, Big Nose Betty. (Love the name..)

The City has great streetscape and the businesses have fun and interesting storefronts. There is eye catching signage and inviting places for people to stop and take in the sights of the small city. Click on Glenwood Springs to see their town.

One interesting concept is the 3/50 project. ( We saw a sign for it in one of the storefronts in Glenwood Springs.)Their website explains it in detail. The concept is to support your local businesses. "If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. For every 100 dollars spent in a locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community... If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays local and if you spend it online, nothing comes home. Pick 3... Spend 50. Save your local economy. "
Have fun looking at the pictures of other vibrant cities!!

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