Charles Baker’s group of prospectors found traces of placer gold in the San Juan Mountains in 1860 at Eureka, Colorado. This provides some insight into Dunton Town House’s previous name, “Montana Placer Inn,” as well as the deep history spread throughout this magical corner of Colorado.
During the 1880’s and 1890’s, more than 23,000 immigrants left Trentino-Tyrol for America. Hundreds arrived in Colorado and found work in Silverton, as well as the mining districts in the surrounding area. Replete with their mining skills, knowledge of the mountains, and immigrant optimism; they began to build brave little communities in this stunning wilderness. American immigration from Trentino and South Tyrol actually increased after World War I, as the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved and Italy annexed the foothills provinces. The tall, rugged peaks and vast forests must have reminded the newcomers of their homeland.
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