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Dillon Reservoir, Dillon

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Dillon Reservoir, sometimes referred to as Lake Dillon, is a large fresh water reservoir located in Summit County, Colorado, south of I-70 and bordered by the towns of Frisco, Silverthorne, and Dillon. It is a reservoir for the city of Denver, and its waters are under the control of Denver Water. Popular ski areas are close to the reservoir, including Copper Mountain, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge.HistoryIn 1859, a large party of gold-seekers led by Ruben Spalding discovered gold near the headwaters of the Blue River, which prompted a population surge in Summit County, Colorado. By October 1859, nearly 100 miners had camped along the river. By 1880, the human population of Summit county had swelled to 5,459. In 1881, Dillon Mining Company patented a 320-acre parcel and divided it into lots to establish the trade-post town of Dillon along the northeast bank of the Snake River, which is part of what was then called Blue River Valley. The town of Dillon was incorporated in 1883, but soon relocated to the west bank of the Blue River when Denver and Rio Grand Railroad came to Blue River Valley but had bypassed Dillon. Dillon was moved a second time in 1892 when the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad arrived from the northeast. The town was located at the confluence of three rivers: the Blue, the Ten Mile and the Snake to provide one station for the two railroad lines. In 1890, Dillon's population was 133, less than 20% as large as Breckenridge at the time. Prior to its third move to the present location in 1961, the town had grown to 814 residents, the largest town in Summit County, however, most of this population consisted of construction workers for the dam.
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  • Western water rights laws are pretty complicated, and supplying Denver and other western cities involves a lot of construction and a lot of lawyers. It's fascinating stuff. There's actually a town und...  more »
  • From every angle, this was breathtaking. We drove across the dam, went down to Frisco to learn about the history, and up Swan Mountain to walk the point. Absolutely gorgeous views!  more »
  • There are camp grounds, hiking trails. Bike paths, marinas and so much more. Visiting this September with the color change was an added bonus.  more »

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