FUN-travel: Oh SO Expensive Aspen, CO

May 29, 2018 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Oh SO Expensive Aspen, CO 

  • 1880’s – Aspen started as a mining camp…

…during the Colorado Silver Boom…

…that abruptly ended…

…when the Panic of 1893…

…led to a collapse in the silver market.

  • 1950’s – brought the 1st ski resort…

…& the start of becoming…

…an international resort destination.

  • 1970’s – became a popular retreat for celebrities…

…Hunter S. Thompson worked out of a downtown hotel…

…John Denver wrote two songs about Aspen after settling there.

  • Both popularized Aspen among the counter-cultural youth…

…as an ideal place to live…

…& it continued to grow…

…even as it gained notoriety…

…for some of the era’s hedonistic excesses (particularly its drug culture).

  • 1990’s – The influx of wealth… created some of the most expensive real estate prices… in the US.
  • 12 Miles –The Maroon Bells…14,000 + foot peaks… are the most photographed peaks in all of North America.

FUN-fact – It was named “Aspen” because of the abundance of aspen trees in the area.

More FF – You know how to tell the poor people from the rich people in Aspen? The poor people have propellers on their planes!