Glenwood Springs, Colorado Facts:
Coverage Area (Total): 4.8 sq. miles
Elevation: 5,761 ft.
Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Aspen, Basalt, Battlement Mesa, Carbondale, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs, Marble, Meredith, Missouri Heights, New Castle, Old Snowmass, Parachute, Redstone, Rifle, Silt, Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Woody Creek
Glenwood Springs History
Glenwood Springs was established in 1883 under the town name "Defiance," which symbolized the crowd of gamblers, gunslingers, and prostitutes that inhabited the area. The name was changed to "Glenwood Springs" by town founder, Isaac Cooper, as a gesture to his wife, Sarah (she was from Glenwood, Iowa). Its location at the joining of the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers made it a center of commerce in the area.
Several famous visitors passed through Glenwood Springs over the years, including President Teddy Roosevelt, who spent an entire summer living at the historic Hotel Colorado. Wild West legend Doc Holliday spent the final months of his life in Glenwood Springs and is buried in the town's Pioneer Cemetery.
Glenwood Springs Attractions
Glenwood Springs maintains a variety of attractions including: