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Minturn ~ the little town that could

Minturn. Some said the name Minturn derived from “men-turn”, meaning where men turned the steam engines around for their return trip up Tennessee Pass.  Others believed the name came from “mean-turn”, a description of the last sharp turn at the bottom of the early cliff-hanging road over Battle Mountain. Neither was correct. However, each referenced the quaint town just south of Vail under the dominant rock outcropping called Lionshead, the town that keeps going. Before 1881, Minturn was the hunting grounds for Ute Indians. In 1849, the Arapahoe Indians invaded the Ute territory. A conflict between tribes occurred in 1849 with a fierce battle continuing for nearly a week east of Two Elk Creek and farther up the mountain toward Red Cliff. Thus the name given to that area was called Battle Mountain. Mountain men tramped the area, at the time, but no permanent residents resided 
in Minturn then. The […]

Focus Vail Valley

How money spent in the Vail Valley stays in the Vail Valley

Buying into the Local Spin John Maynard Keynes, the great 20th-century macroeconomist, once said money is “a link between the present and the future.” That vision rings true loud and clear, especially in uncertain times — and especially here in the Vail Valley, a vibrant community blessed with a resilient mountain heritage, spectacular natural surroundings, increasingly dynamic culture and a steady flow of tourists with money to spend. Due to our relative remoteness, however, it’s easy for us to focus inward, leaving the rest of the world to swirl around us, beyond our horizon, out of sight and out of mind. But perhaps that’s just how we best can prosper. New-age economists are suggesting we turn inward, indeed, to share products and services locally, let the wonders of small-scale capitalism spin the dollars we have now within our own community and prepare to enjoy the future benefits of that monetary […]