The richness of the history of Aspen is like no other among current day Colorado mountain towns. The 1950s, 1960s and 1970s witnessed the growth of Aspen into the international destination it is today where one can indulge in an abundance of year-round recreational activities, an array of cultural and intellectual events, and a life-style without parallel in any mountain town.
Basalt was formed in the late 1880s when the two small communities of Frying Pan Junction and Aspen Junction joined together. The Town of Basalt was officially incorporated in October of 1901. Walk around downtown Basalt today and you will see remnants of its history in Victorian-styled buildings and the old charcoal kilns not far from the new home of the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center, a world-famous “think and do” tank.
Carbondale & Missouri Heights History
Early homesteaders settled in the area that became Carbondale just a few years after Colorado achieved statehood on August 1, 1876. By the 1960s, the growth of the ski industry in Aspen further diversified Carbondale’s economic life as the impact of tourism and the resulting demand for goods and services was felt throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Today, Carbondale is not just another small Colorado mountain community located in a beautiful setting. It is rated to be one of the best towns in the country in which to work and play.