Location:  Ganado, TX
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EDUCATION:  B.A. History/Spanish from Texas A&M University BLOG:  None provided


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The discovery of gold and silver in the mountains of Colorado in the late 1800's led to the founding of Durango in September of 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company.

The railroad transported passengers, freight, silver ore, gold ore and other commodities to service the mining district of San Juan.

The town was given the same name as a town in the country of Mexico, Durango, Mexico.

The name "Durango" comes from a word in the Basque language that translates in English to "water town".



Durango is located at the base of the San Juan mountains, in the Animas River Valley of southwestern Colorado in La Plata county. The Animas River flows through downtown Durango. The town sits at an elevation of 6,512 feet above sea level.

The San Juan mountain range is a mountain range in southwestern Colorado that encompasses over 12,000 square miles of terrain, about 12 per cent of Colorado. Many of the mountain peaks surpass 13,000 feet and some rise above 14,000 feet. Uncompahagre Peak rises to an elevation of 14,321 feet, and is the tallest peak in the mountain range.

Much of the land in the San Juan mountain range is in the public domain. Seven Wilderness areas and three national forests are in the mountain range.

Gold and silver mining in the San Juan mountains played an important role in the early history of Colorado.

Durango is near the Four Corners area where the borders of of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona meet. "The Four Corners is the only place in the United States where the borders of four states come together in this manner.

The Four Corners Monument was established to mark the exact location where the four states meet. The monument is located on Navajo Nation property.

In recent years, Durango has become a hotspot for outdoor sports such as hunting, trout fishing, fishing for northern pike, golf, mountain biking, road biking, off-roading, hiking, rock climbing, back packing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, and skiing.