If you are thinking of relocating, know that homes for sale in Durango CO should be seriously considered if you want a beautiful and vibrant place to live. It is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, and the Animas River (River of Souls) runs right through the downtown.

How did Durango get its name?

The town looked similar to a Durango in both Mexico and Spain, and the Basque word “Urango” means “a well watered place” and “water town”. Ironically, the three Durangos are currently sister cities, and the citizens exchange visits and gifts.

The Beginnings

Native Americans, Ancestral Puebloans, had their camps along the Animas River banks for thousands of years. The Ute Indians later came along and used their abandoned buildings and the land to fish and hunt.

The town of Durango itself goes back to September 1880 when it, too, was formed beside the banks of that river when the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company bought up land in what became the downtown. The depot served that mining district where much silver and gold had been discovered once gold fever erupted in 1872.

By 1881, Durango had a population of 2,400, and that became 4,686 by 1910 as people came from various countries to work on the railroad and in the mines and smelters.

Durango Today

The United States Census Bureau reported a population of 16,887 in the 2010 census, making Durango the most populous municipality of La Plata County. The estimated population in 2015 was 18,100. According to Zillow, the median home value through May 31, 2016, was $374,200.

Brand New

Residents and tourists are enjoying free Wi-Fi that began just a few months ago. A router assembly was attached to a light pole and runs along Main Avenue from Seventh Street to 13th Street at a cost of $70,000 for 21 access points. The network already averages 100 to 150 users each day. Informational signs will be placed around town advising of the free connection.

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This continues to run for 45 miles on the railroad tracks that were carved through the mountainsides over a century ago. The railroad travels to the historic mining town of Silverton across the canyons of the San Juan National Forest using steam-powered trains that date back to the 1920s and earlier.