Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Steamboat Springs is located in northwestern Colorado in the upper valley of the Yampa River. The Yampatikas Utes inhabited the area prior to United States settlement. By the 19th century, however, trappers began moving into the area. In 1879, the Utes were forcibly moved from the area by the U.S. Army and relocated to a reservation in Utah. James Harvey Crawford founded the town of Steamboat Springs in 1874. Crawford and his family were the sole occupants of the town for its first seven years.
According to John W. Lund, the name “Steamboat Springs” was derived by the town’s settlers “upon first hearing a chugging sound” coming from the river. The settlers “believed that a steamboat was coming down the river. When the [settlers] saw that there was no steamboat, and that the sound was coming from a hot spring, they decided to name the spring Steamboat Springs.” The town of Steamboat Springs, CO was officially founded on July 19th, 1900.
Today, Steamboat Springs, CO is a Home Rule Municipality. According to a 2010 report by the US census bureau, Steamboat Springs, CO has an estimated population of 12,088. (This does not include the tourists who visit the area every year in order to visit the skiing areas.)
One of Steamboat Springs, CO’s most interesting attractions is the Crawford House Building. The Crawford House Building, built in 1894 and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was the primary residence (for 36 years) of James Harvey Crawford, the man who founded Steamboat Springs, CO. The Crawford House Building is also interesting because it was built in the rare Romanesque Revival style of architecture.
Steamboat Springs, CO’s Christian Science Society Building is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Architect Ernest Campbell built the Christian Science Society Building in 1934 in the late 19thand early 20th Century American Movements and Rustic styles of architecture (now known as National Park Service Rustic).
Steamboat Springs, CO’s nickname is “Ski Town USA”, so it’s quite obvious what the area is famous for. In fact, Steamboat Springs, CO served as the location for world-class skiing competitions such as the 1989 and 1990 Alpine Skiing World Cups.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which was founded in 1914, has produced 88 Winter Olympians. These Olympians include 6-time Olympian Todd Lodwick, 5-time Olympian Billy Demong, 1992 Bronze Medalist Nelson Carmichael, 2002 Silver Medalist Travis Mayer, and Caroline Lalive.
Steamboat Ski Resort, which is located on Mount Werner (a mountain summit in the Park Range of the Rocky Mountains), opened on January 12th, 1963. Steamboat Ski Resort’s top elevation is 10,568 feet (3,221 m) and boasts 165 runs in total. Steamboat Ski Resort also features the Mavericks Superpipe snowboard/skiing superpripe, which is considered one of the premier pipes in all of North America.
Steamboat Springs, CO hosts the annual Yampa River Festival. The highlight of the Yampa River Festival is the kayak rodeo, which is a play boating competition. Yampa River Festival’s kayak rodeo “attracts national and international world class play boaters.”
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