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Vail History

Vail, Colorado has quite a storied and interesting history. Before Vail real estate became some of the most sought after real estate in the world, the Vail Valley had a humble beginning based on mining, ranching, and later training for the 10th Mountain Division. The area that would become the Vail Valley that we all love and know was originally a summer residence to the Ute Indians, before the arrival of frontiersmen and explorers in the mid-19th century. Lord George Gore, for whom the region and surrounding mountain range was originally named after, and Jim Bridger were some of the first explorers to arrive in Vail in the 1850s.
 
As the California Gold Rush was ending, fortune seekers began to look elsewhere for the next claim to stake. News spread that gold and silver were found in the Gore Range and in neighboring areas of Colorado, and miners flocked to the Vail Valley. When the region was overrun and depleted of its mineral deposits, fortune seekers began to be replaced by sheep ranchers. These ranchers remained here until 1939, when the construction of Colorado Highway 6 commenced. The lead engineer of the project, Charlie Vail, would finally create access from Denver through the Gore Mountain Range, paving the way for Vail, Colorado to one day become a world-class travel destination.
 
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the United States Army’s 10th Mountain Division used the region as a way to train for alpine and backcountry survival for combat in World War II. A few veterans from the 10th Mountain Division returned to the Vail Valley after the war and saw the potential for a ski resort. Veteran Pete Seibert and a uranium prospector, Earl Eaton, teamed up in the 1950s to bring the vision to fruition, and by 1962, Vail Ski Resort opened for its first ski season.
 
Modeled after a Bavarian village, Vail, Colorado has become an international tourist destination unlike any other. The influence of President Gerald Ford, who lived in Vail prior to his election in 1974, helped spark Vail’s popularity in the early years. With this national attention, droves of people started flocking to the Vail Valley to enjoy spectacular skiing, stunning vistas, and year-round activities and events. The gaining prominence of Vail Ski Resort propelled more and more people to invest their time and money in the area. As the ski resort grew and expanded to include the back bowls and new trams, gondolas, and high-speed lifts, construction and expansion of Vail Village also occurred. Vail Colorado real estate quickly became a hot commodity, and wonderful real estate opportunities in Vail properties continue to present themselves today.

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