Welcome to your gateway to the Heritage of Grand County Colorado!

The Historical, Heritage and Cultural entities of Grand County invite you to explore over 200 articles and 500 historical photos in your journey to discover the spirit of those who came before us: From Native Americans to the Pioneers to Homesteaders to Ski Industry Founders.

Visit all of Grand County’s family friendly museums to learn more about our unique and surprising past.

Grand County was established in 1874 by the Territory of Colorado, thus becoming a county two years before Colorado became a state. It was named for the Grand River, known today as the Colorado River, with its headwaters located in Grand Lake. The county was formed from a portion of Summit County but acquired its current boundaries in 1877, when part of Grand County was used to create Routt County. The area of 1,854 square miles (larger than Rhode Island) consists of meadows, river valleys and mountains.

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