Profile for Telluride, Colorado, CO
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Telluride is a town in San Miguel County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for tellurium, a semimetallic element not found here.
The latitude of Telluride is 37.937N. The longitude is -107.811W.
It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 8,793 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 2,321.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Telluride demographic reports
Telluride is in the San Juan Mountains.
Former and merged names include:
Gold was discovered here in 1875. Mining operations expanded to silver, lead, zinc and copper
The conductor on the Rio Grande Southern Railroad is reputed to have yelled, "To hell you ride!" when the train arrived at the local station
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 7. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 on 50 Best Places to Live list by Men's Journal magazine, 2002
Telluride received national attention for 1990 murder of Eva Schoen, wife of U-Haul heir Sam Schoen.
Well-known residents have included:
· Ralph Lauren, fashion designer
· Oliver Stone, movie director, screenwriter
· Tom Cruise, actor
Local festivals include:
- Telluride Film Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
- Blues & Brews Festival - Sept. 14-16, 2007
- Telluride Bluegrass Festival - June 21-24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Telluride web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Bridal Veil Falls
Historic sites and museums: Telluride Historical Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Settlement in the West was not only late, it was irregular. The mining West, and to a degree the timber, the grazing, and the homestead Wests, were raided, not settled; and sometimes raided for one resource after another, by different breeds of raiders. Despite their colorful history, there has hardly been a continuous community life in an Aspen or a Telluride; and when oilfields are superimposed on cattle country in Texas, or subdivisions superimposed on orchards in California, something disruptive has happened in the life of both people and towns.
-- The Sound of Mountain Water
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Ancestry & family history
14% of Telluride residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Telluride ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Telluride was $38,832, compared with $21,587 nationally.
59% of Telluride residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Telluride festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Telluride Film Festival - A
- Telluride Bluegrass Festival - J
- Blues & Brews Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Telluride include Telluride Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Telluride, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $985. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,490.
Libraries in Telluride include Telluride Wilkinson Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Telluride include Telluride Watch
San Miguel County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Telluride political report.
The average commute time for Telluride workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Telluride include Bear Creek Lodge, Blue Mesa Lodge & Condominiums, Camels Garden, Hotel Columbia Telluride, Hotel Telluride, Ice House Lodge, Inn at Lost Creek, Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Mountainside Lodge House, Resortquest Mountain Village ... More hotels.
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“ Settlement in the West was not only late, it was irregular. The mining West, and to a degree the timber, the grazing, and the homestead Wests, were raided, not settled; and sometimes raided for one resource after another, by different breeds of raiders. Despite their colorful history, there has hardly been a continuous community life in an Aspen or a Telluride; and when oilfields are superimposed on cattle country in Texas, or subdivisions superimposed on orchards in California, something disruptive has happened in the life of both people and towns. ”
~ The Sound of Mountain Water
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