As most of you know, walking is my favorite form of exercise. So I was quite happy when I came across this great little book while in Durango, Colorado over the summer.
While the boys stayed in the hotel room watching the World Cup, I headed out to discover Durango's historical downtown on foot.
Durango, Colorado was incorporated as a town in 1881.
Walking Durango takes you on a sort of scavenger hunt through two National Historic Districts. By finding pictured items, which are your clues, you are then given facts and stories about the sights around it.
This imprint in the sidewalk was a clue.
The Palace Hotel no longer exists but the imprinted sidewalk still bears the name of the historic business. Some of the second story rooms were refurbished and are used by the General Palmer Hotel.
Originally built as the Savoy Hotel in 1898, this structure was then a drug store, grocery store, and a saloon. The General Palmer Hotel has occupied the site since 1964. It was named after General William Jackson Palmer who was the founder of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway Company which reached Durango in 1881.
The railroad played a major role in the design of early Durango which was laid out much as it is seen today.
The Adolph Coors Company, a branch of the original Coors Brewery in Golden, Colorado, was in business until the State of Colorado outlawed the manufacture and distribution of alcoholic beverages in 1916. It then became a soft drink company and its name was changed to Durango Bottling Works.