Andrew Gulliford

A tragic tale in Ouray

Driving north toward Ouray on U.S. Highway 550, high above the Uncompahgre Gorge at 9,000 feet, you can see a mine shack with colorful laundry hanging from it. A sign reads “Antiques, 9-5.” Travelers gasp at the building perched on this narrow ledge and wonder how to get there.

But the story of the Neosho Mine involves more...

Andrew Gulliford is a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College. E-mail him at

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