Town of Minturn History

Unlike their neighbors at Vail and Beaver Creek, Minturn’s oldest families settled at the confluence of Gore Creek and the Eagle River in the late 1800s. Some created homesteads and farmed the land, while others mined silver in the mountains high above town. With the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1887, Minturn quickly developed into a booming crossroads for transportation and industry. By the turn of the century, a growing population of mining and railroad workers and their families raised the demands for business and services in town. In response, Minturn was incorporated on November 15, 1904.

Minturn has adapted to several major changes in the local economy over the decades, including the development of Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts, the closing of the Gilman mine, and the abandonment of rail lines through Minturn. Despite this transformation from the Old West to the new, Minturn maintains its distinctive character, architecture and quality of life. Today, it retains its reputation as one of the friendliest towns in the Rocky Mountains.

Visit Minturn’s historic past during this year’s Centennial Celebration, which includes walking tours, a speaker series and historical pageant.

Historic Preservation

The Town's Historic Preservation Committee met on January 9, 2007 and discussed editing of Bill Burnett's book "Minturn, A Memoir." Allen Best, renowned valley author, is putting the final touches on it and Bill is inserting photos.  

The Town has been working on the "Mayors" project. We are trying to locate photos to display of the first 5 mayors in Minturn. Eric and Cissy are working on identifying buildings and landmarks that we can have small descriptive plaques places on.  These buildings will be labeled in the "Minturn Historic Walking Brochure", too.

Michael Gallegher has agreed to help correct any errors in "Minturn's Timeline." Michael will be trying to locate a "caboose" that can be brought to Minturn to serve as a mini-museum!

For more information, please feel free to contact the Town of Minturn. HP Committee Members are:  Cissy Olsen, Eric Schultz, Michael Gallegher, Bill Burnett, George Brodin, Oran Palmateer, Anne Agneberg, Lisa Osborne.

Minturn, A Memoir
by Bill Burnett

Local resident, historian, and all-around dedicated long-time citizen, Bill Burnett has released his new book, “Minturn, A Memoir.” An almost 10-year endeavor, “Minturn, A Memoir” takes a personal and charming look back at our community, the homes in our community, the people in our community and the way that Minturn has changed over the years.

The production of this 153-page book was made possible through the generous financial contributions of anonymous citizens, the Eagle County Commissioners, the Eagle County Historical Society, the Eagle Valley Library District, the family of Bill Burnett, the Friends of the Eagle County Library, Carol McManus and the Town of Minturn.

The Town of Minturn is pleased to coordinate the sales of this exciting new book.  Books are currently available at Minturn Town Center (302 Pine Street, Minturn) during regular business hours for $20 each or can be purchased now .

For more information, call the Town of Minturn at 970-827-5645 or email