Kremmling, Colorado

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Kremmling is a Statutory Town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The population was 1,578 at the 2000 census. The town sits along the upper Colorado River in the lower arid section of Middle Park between Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon. The town was founded in 1881 during the Colorado Silver Boom days, but the lack of mineral resources in the nearby mountains made the town grow very slowly in the early days.

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History

The area started as a general store run by a man named Rudolph "Kare" Kremmling. He had his store on the north side of Muddy Creek. In 1881 two brothers, Aaron and John Kinsey, made part of their ranch into a town and called it Kinsey City. Kare moved his store across the river to the new site and soon people were calling this place Kremmling. The original post office was called Kinsey City and ran from 1881 to 1885 with Kare Kremmling the first Post Master. The name Kremmling was not officially recognized until 1895. After the Moffat railroad, the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific, arrived in July 1906, Kremmling became the county's central shipping point. It was incorporated May 14, 1904. In the 20th century, ranching became the main industry in the valley in the vicinity of the town.

Geography

Kremmling is located at 40°3′26″N 106°23′9″W / 40.05722°N 106.38583°W / 40.05722; -106.38583 (40.057240, -106.385896)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

The town is located approximately at the mouth of the both the Blue River, which descends from the south, and Muddy Creek, which descends from the north. This location provides valley access to Dillon and to Rabbit Ears Pass at the Continental Divide, which then descends into Steamboat Springs.

Kremmling is also where the Blue River and Muddy Creek join the headwaters of the Colorado River, which comes in from the East and then passes West through Gore Canyon. This confluence is the primary reason Kremmling was founded.

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