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San Miguel County is one of the 64 counties in Colorado.  It was named after the San Miguel River which runs through the county.  The Spanish name given was San Miguel or "San Michael" in English.  On 27 February 1883, Ouray County was split to form San Miguel County.  Originally the San Miguel County portion was to retain the name Ouray County with the new portion called Uncompahgre County.

Mining operators in the San Juan mountain area of Colorado formed the San Juan District Mining Association (SJDMA) in 1903, as a direct result of a Western Federation of Miners proposal to the Telluride Mining Association for the eight hour day, which had been approved in a referendum by 72 percent of Colorado voters. The new association consolidated the power of thirty-six mining properties in San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan counties. The SJDMA refused to consider any reduction in hours or increase in wages, helping to provoke a bitter strike.

Agriculture in the west end of the county have long been valued. However, the current county government has attempted to drive the rich historical heritage out of the county in attempt to replace it with tourism and recreation.

Town in San Miguel County are: Mountain Village, Norwood, Ophir, Placerville, Sawpit and Telluride.  The old Spanish Trails goes through San Miguel County. Compliments of Wiki


Trails to the Past is a fairly new genealogy project that has come online.  We are looking for volunteers who can add information to our site.  If you live in the area or have information from the area, we would be more than grateful to publish your data on our site.  Please email the county coordinator.





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Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association


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