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Hot Sulphur Springs

The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Grand County, Colorado, United States. The town is located near Byers Canyon between Granby and Kremmling 1 hour 45 minutes northwest of Denver and 30 minutes west of Winter Park Resort. The town population was 663 at the U.S. Census 2010, and has an elevation of 7,680 feet (2341 m).HistoryHot Sulphur Springs was originally a winter campground for Native Americans who came to use the hot springs for medicinal purposes. In 1840 William Newton Byers, founder of the Rocky Mountain News discovered the springs. The town was established in 1860, making it the oldest town in the county, originally named Saratoga West and sometimes called Warm Springs.In 1863 the town site was bought by Byers in a backroom deal with a Minnesota Sioux woman despite a treaty naming the Ute tribe as the lawful owners, who unsuccessfully sued Byers, while Byers and territorial governors William Gilpin and John Evans launched a "The Utes Must Go" campaign with the help of the U.S. Cavalry. Wishing to create a world-famous spa and resort ("the American Switzerland"), Byers changed the name and surveyed, platted, and named the streets, attracting famous visitors including Zane Grey and John Wesley Powell. The first pool house was built ca. 1900.
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