The History of Esty Ranch
The story of the Esty Ranch is as much a part of the Colorado legend as is the town of Gunnison. Both were formed at the same time by the original pioneering settlers. Esty Ranch is listed as a Colorado Centennial Farm by the Colorado Historical Society, Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.
Located in the scenic Colorado Rockies, the Gunnison area was once famous for mining operations, including gold, silver, marble, coal, uranium and molybdenum. It is also famous for having some of the best hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and boating (Blue Mesa Lake) in the entire United States.
The following stories contain some of the rich history and lore of both the Gunnison area and the Esty Ranch.
Chapter 1: Gunnison
Chapter 2: John B. Outcalt and the Outcalt Homestead
Chapter 3: Esty Ranch
ReferencesHistoric photos courtesy of Stanley and Suzanne Esty
Gunnison Country Times newspaper in Gunnison, Colorado
Gunnison County Public Library in Gunnison, Colorado
Gunnison County Pioneer and Historical Museum
Duane Vandenbusche, "The Gunnison Country," B & B Printers, Gunnison, CO, 1980.
Social Security Death Index
1880 United States Federal Census
1930 United States Federal Census
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