Montrose County, Colorado - COGenWeb Project

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WELCOME to Montrose County, Colorado.  My name is Cathy Hutson, and I am the new coordinator for the Montrose Colorado site.  You can contact me at  [email protected].

I am new to maintaining a web site, but I have much experience in genealogy and family history work.  Much of the data on the web site was provided by the previous coordinator.  I will be updating the web site over the next several months, so check back often.  If the page still shows dated information, I have not gotten to that page yet.  If you have any old letters, documents, yearbooks or even old photos, I would be glad to publish them here.  If you would like to volunteer to do look-ups or transcribe information, please let me know.  I am currently residing in the area, and I will do lookups on a limited basis.  I have done quite a bit of research in the area, since my husband's family settled here in the late 19th century.

Historical Photo of the Montrose County Courthouse

Montrose County Courthouse

This picture of the Courthouse is a wonderful depiction taken by Sanborn, number W-1386.



Montrose County is made up of several small towns:

  • Ash Mesa
  • Button
  • Cedar Creek
  • Cimarron 
  • Grandview
  • Naturita
  • Nucla
  • Maher
  • Montrose (County Seat) 
  • Oak Grove
  • Olathe
  • Paradox
  • Pinon
  • Ute
County population: See the Census Web Site

Gunnison county was divided in 1883, forming Montrose county. The area was settled on the heels of the Ute Indians leaving the territory.

The town of Montrose was founded in 1882, a short time after the Ute Indians were removed from the Uncompahgre (Un come pah gray) Valley. Early Montrose towns were the typical frontier cow towns. Gun play, quarreling and saloon brawls were common that made history and legend.

At the turn of the century (1900), the Bureau of Reclamation  created the project to build the 7 mile long Gunnison Tunnel.  The result was irrigation water that turned the valley into fertile growing lands for many types of agriculture.  President Howard Taft came to Montrose to dedicate the project in September of 1909. Click HERE for photo of Taft at the opening ceremony.

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Don't forget to check the Montrose County message board for the families you are researching.  We would appreciate it if you submitted information that you have. Others might be able to use the same information.

Neighboring Counties:

County Map of Colorado           Montrose County and surrounding counties Map


RootsWeb's Soundex Converter

The Soundex system is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname.

This site will return the Soundex code for the entered surname, plus other surnames/spellings sharing the same Soundex code.

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