Aspen, Colorado


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Aspen, Colorado was founded as Ute City in 1879 by a group of intrepid miners.  By 1880, however, the community had been renamed ‘Aspen’, after the plentiful amount of aspen trees in the area.  The Colorado Silver Boom of the 1880s and very early 1890s allowed the town to flourish, prior to the Panic of 1893.  Prosperity returned to the region during the late 20th century due to skiing resorts nearby.

Today, Aspen is a Home Rule Municipality, the county seat, and most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado.  In fact, according to a 2010 estimate by the United States Census Bureau, Aspen has a population of 6,658 people.  Otherwise, the Home Rule Municipality of Aspen is located within a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River.  The Home Rule Municipality of Aspen has an elevation just under 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles (18 km) west of the Continental Divide.

According to a 2011 article in the Wall Street Journal, Aspen, CO “boasts the most expensive real estate prices in the United States.”  In fact, most middle-class households cannot even afford to live there.  Despite this fact, Aspen, CO’s tourism industry continues to boom.

Due to its current reputation as the location for wealthy peoples’ second and third homes, downtown Aspen, CO has been transformed into an upscale shopping district.  This shopping district includes expensive stores such as Ralph Lauren, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Bvlgari, Burberry, Brioni, theory, and Ermenegildo and Zegna boutiques.

Otherwise, Aspen, CO boasts a few notable buildings as well.  These include City Hall, the former Armory Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  City Hall, which was built in 1892, is made out of brick.  Pitkin County Courthouse, which is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was built in the Victorian style in 1890.

How has Aspen, CO become such a resort town, you might ask.  Well, this is due to its location near Aspen Mountain with its four adjacent ski areas operated collectively as Aspen/Snowmass.  These ski areas include Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass.

Otherwise, nearby Aspen, CO is White River National Forest.  This national forest contains 2,285,970 acres.  It was established on June 28th, 1902.  Aspen, CO also contains the Think Tank: The Aspen Institute, which formed in 1950 and as of 2013 had revenue of $97,847,062.  The annual eight-week Aspen Music Festival and School, which began in 1949, is often “regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the country, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young adult music students.”

As for sports, Aspen, CO has been the site of the Winter X Games since 2002.  Specifically, they are held at Buttermilk Mountain, part of the Aspen/Snowmass ski area.  In fact, the Winter X Games will definitely be held in Aspen, CO – at least until 2019.

Do you own a small business in the Aspen, CO area?  Are you thinking about beginning one?  These resources could be beneficial to you with this goal:

Apply for a Business License in Aspen, CO

Doing Business in Aspen, CO

Aspen Chamber of Commerce

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