Ouray, Colorado: Sense of Place in the Modern Wild West
Meador, Stephanie Rae
University of Kansas
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The small town of Ouray, nestled at 8,000 feet within the rugged San Juan volcanic mountain range in southwestern Colorado, is a memorable place for many individuals. A mining community turned tourist destination, Ouray is a place of economic transitions and identity shifts. This research outlines three different social groups of Ouray-- lifelong local residents, those who have recently moved to Ouray, and part-time summer resident workers-- and discusses how they interact on a daily basis. Through a series of formal interviews and personal observations, it discusses the meaning Ouray holds for individuals and explores the concept of place attachment.