We Weren't Crazy
We Weren't Crazy is the second studio album from American country music artist Josh Gracin. Titled All About Y'all, the album was slated for release in mid-2006 after the release of its debut single "Favorite State of Mind"; however the album release was delayed when the debut single failed to perform on radio. A second single, "I Keep Coming Back", was issued in early 2007, the album's name was changed to I Keep Coming Back; this single failed to perform well. The album was issued on April 1, 2008 as a limited release, following the release of its title track, a top 10 hit. Overall, the album's five singles have all charted in the Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the number ten title track. Next came "Unbelievable", which peaked at number 36, his least successful single to date, "Telluride", recorded by Tim McGraw on his 2001 album Set This Circus Down, which peaked at number 34. "I Don't Want to Live" was recorded as "I Don't Wanna Live" by Chris Cagle on his 2008 album My Life's Been a Country Song.
The album debuted at number four on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Sales of We Weren't Crazy failed to meet those of Gracin's debut, with 18,000 units sold on its first week, he parted company with Lyric Street in April 2009 after the poor chart performance of "Telluride". AllMusic editor Thom Jurek called the album's content "formulaic contemporary country", but gave praise to tracks like the title track and "Telluride" as highlights and Gracin's vocal delivery for carrying the material effortlessly, concluding that "if anyone has a chance of making lightning strike twice it's him." The 9513's Jim Malec gave praise to Gracin's performance on tracks that were "considerably substantive and emotionally complex" on "a near flawless set of contemporary country material," but felt that it relied too on tempo and lacked songs that contained emotional depth and intimacy for the listeners, concluding that "it is a solid effort that would benefit from one or two standout ballads, which, despite its many strengths falls short of artistically exceptional."
Adapted from the We Weren't Crazy liner notes. Tim Akers- keyboards Kelly Back- electric guitar Larry Beaird- acoustic guitar Mike Brignardello- bass guitar Tom Bukovac- electric guitar Perry Coleman- background vocals J. T. Corenflos- electric guitar Dan Dugmore- steel guitar Paul Franklin- steel guitar Josh Gracin- lead vocals Rob Hajacos- fiddle Tommy Harden- drums Jim Hoke- harmonica Brett James- background vocals Troy Lancaster- electric guitar Chris McHugh- drums Jerry McPherson- electric guitar Steve Nathan- keyboards, piano Russ Pahl- steel guitar Brian Pruitt- drums Mike Rojas- keyboards, piano Matt Rollings- keyboards Jimmie Lee Sloas- bass guitar Bryan Sutton- acoustic guitar Russell Terrell- background vocals Ilya Toshinsky- acoustic guitar Lonnie Wilson- drums Glenn Worf- bass guitar Jonathan Yudkin- banjo, mandolin Leon Zervos – mastering Doug Howard, Kirk Boyer – A&R direction Sherri Halford, Ashley Heron, Glenn Sweitzer – art direction Glenn Sweitzer/Fresh Design – package design Margaret Malandrucculo – photography Melody Malloy – wardrobe Crystal Tesinksy – grooming Maniac Creative – management William Morris Agency – booking
The Telluride Association is a non-profit organization in the United States founded in 1910 by Lucien Lucius Nunn and named for his city of residence, Colorado. The organization states its mission as providing young people with free educational programs emphasizing intellectual curiosity, democratic self-governance, social responsibility; the Association's principal programs are summer seminars for high school students and the operation of scholarship "branches" for college students. These residential programs are selective and are offered at no cost to the students; the Association is governed by those elected to membership from its recent alumni, Deep Springs College alumni, current Branch students. Lucien Lucius Nunn founded the Association in 1911 after building the first Telluride House at Cornell University in 1910; the first President of the Telluride Association was Charles Doolittle Walcott, a paleontologist and fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The house provided room and board for young men who had worked for Nunn and were studying engineering at Cornell.
It has since expanded to encompass a variety of co-educational summer programs and additional houses. The Association is tied to no particular political viewpoint. Telluride Houses, or Branches, have operated at Cornell University since 1911 and at the University of Michigan since 1999. Students plan academic seminars; the houses are self-governed, with somewhat different focuses: residents of Cornell Branch take on such responsibilities as hiring employees and maintaining and renovating the house, while residents of Michigan Branch plan and execute an annual project linking practical work in the community with theoretical and academic inquiry. Distinguished alumni include Steven Weinberg, Barber Conable, Eve Sedgwick, Francis Fukuyama, Paul Wolfowitz, Jan Svejnar, Dominick LaCapra, William vanden Heuvel and Gayatri Spivak. Faculty guests live at the houses for limited terms. Distinguished faculty guests have included Michel Foucault, Richard Feynman, Frances Perkins, Linus Pauling, Allan Bloom.
Telluride Houses existed in Pasadena, the University of California and the University of Chicago. Telluride Association Summer Programs are six-week educational experiences for rising high school seniors. Participants attend an intensive seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in educational and social activities outside the classroom. Like the houses, each TASP receives a discretionary budget, whose use is democratically distributed via weekly house meetings. TASPs are hosted at Cornell University, the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland at College Park. Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars are six-week summer programs. TASSes, which are offered to high school sophomores, have an academic focus on African American studies and related fields, their basic structure is similar to that of the TASPs, some TASS alumni choose to attend a TASP the following summer. TASSes have been held at Indiana University from 1993 to 2016, at the University of Michigan since 2002, at Cornell University since 2015.
Telluride Association Awards are awarded to members of the Telluride community by the Association. The Mansfield-Wefald Senior Thesis Prize is awarded annually for the best scholarly thesis written by a Telluride associate who will have completed his or her final year of undergraduate education that year; the Mike Yarrow Adventurous Education Award is given annually to a returning member of a Branch of Telluride Association, or a Deep Springs student who will be entering a Branch the following year. The award funds non-paying public service activity during the summer, outside of an academic institution; the Nunn Archive Fellowship is awarded to help associates study and preserve the legacy of Lucien Lucius Nunn. Beginning in the late 1950s, the Telluride House at Cornell operated a two-year postgraduate exchange scholarship program with Lincoln College of Oxford University, welcoming a Sedgwick Scholar to stay at Telluride House and to study at Cornell for a master's degree, sending a Housemember to study for an Oxford M.
Phil. While resident at Lincoln College. Despite efforts of both sides, the program was ended in 2002; the Reese Miller Exchange Scholarship is available to students at Cornell University, University of Michigan, Central European University in Budapest and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The scholarship operates as an exchange for one semester or one year between recent undergraduates and graduate students at Cornell and CEU and between students at University of Michigan and UCT; the Atkinson-Tetreault Fellowship is available to Masters in Regional Planning students at Cornell University. The award is offered once every two years and includes room and board at the Telluride House, a stipend, a partial tuition award. Telluride Association consists of about 100 volunteer members who serve as the Association's trustees. Members are elected to membership while in their twenties, on the basis of demonstrated leadership and commitment to Telluride's educational goals; the Association’s membership is current and former participants of its programs and alumni of Deep Springs College, a separate two-year college founded by Nunn in 1917.
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The Telluride House, formally the Cornell Branch of the Telluride Association, referred to as just "Telluride", is a selective residential community of Cornell University students and faculty. Founded in 1910 by American industrialist L. L. Nunn, the house grants room and board scholarships to a number of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and faculty members affiliated with the university's various colleges and programs. A residential intellectual society, the Telluride House takes as its pillars democratic self-governance, communal living and intellectual inquiry. Students granted; the Telluride House is considered the first program of the educational non-profit Telluride Association, founded a year after the house was built and was first led by the Smithsonian Institution’s fourth Secretary Charles Doolittle Walcott. Nunn went on to found Deep Springs College in 1917; the Telluride Association founded and maintained other branches thereafter, two of which—at Cornell University and at the University of Michigan—are still active.
The Association runs free selective programs for high school students, including the Telluride Association Summer Program. In its more than a century of operation, the house's membership has included some of Cornell's most notable alumni and faculty members. Located in the university's West Campus, the Telluride House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lucien Lucius Nunn was an American industrialist and entrepreneur involved in the early electrification of the mining industry. To staff the power plants he built, including ones in Colorado and the Olmsted Station Powerhouse in Provo, Nunn created an early work study program, which he named'Telluride Institute' after his city of residence of Telluride, Colorado. In the Institute, Nunn's students were trained in the liberal arts. Upon completion of their institute program, the student workers were sent to various academic institutions on a scholarship from Nunn to further their education. Many of these students went on to study at Cornell University's engineering programs.
On Cornell University's campus in Ithaca, Nunn built the Telluride House as a scholarship residence "for bright young men", many of whom have passed through Nunn's Telluride Institute. The house's initial purpose, as described by Cornell historian Morris Bishop was "to grant release from all material concern, a background of culture, the responsibility of managing their own household, the opportunity to live and learn from resident faculty members and eminent visitors "; the house started electing members from disciplines outside engineering within years of its founding. With a male membership for its first half century of existence, the house would start electing female members to its residential scholarship in the 1960s, starting with U. S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins as a resident faculty fellow in 1960, Laura Wolfowitz as a house member in 1962, literary theorist and postcolonial scholar Gayatri Spivak as a house member in 1963; the Telluride House is located on Cornell University's West Campus, directly downhill from Willard Straight Hall, houses Telluride scholars as well as the Telluride Association's main office.
It has been described as an "Arts and Crafts style mansion" outfitted with "expensive Mission style and Stickley furniture", with "high ceilings" and "large windows overlooking sloping lawns". A 1980s project of the Telluride Association renovated the House and furnished it in accordance with its original architectural style. In 2010, the Telluride House building was recommended by New York's Office of Parks and Historic Preservation for placement on the National Register of Historic Places, the United States government's official list of buildings deemed worthy of preservation. A year it was placed on the register. Students and faculty members of Cornell University are invited to apply to the Telluride House in a yearly process known as'preferment'. Preferment, like other house matters, is decided on democratically by house members. However, faculty members of the house cannot vote. Telluride House members contribute to the Association's work, through reading and evaluating applications for Telluride programs, such as the Telluride Association Summer Program.
Alumni of the Telluride House, both students and faculty members, include many notable academics and scientists. Among those are two World Bank presidents, various gender and queer studies scholars, a number of neoconservative scholars and politicians who co-resided in the Telluride House with House Faculty Fellow Allan Bloom in the 1960s. Notable residents include theoretical computer scientist Scott Aaronson, British Jamaican artist and art historian Petrine Archer-Straw, classicist Martin Bernal, physicist Carl M. Bender and classicist Allan Bloom, Nobel laureate in Physics Sir William Lawrence Bragg who resided in the house as a visiting professor, former United States Congressman and President of the World Bank Barber Conable, theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics Richard Feynman, political scientist and political economist Francis Fukuyama, British philosopher Paul Grice, UCLA philosopher Barbara Herman and diplomat William vanden Heuvel, conservative politician and diplomat Alan Keyes, Ukrainian writer Sana Krasikov, European intellectual historian Dominick LaCapra, former New York City Schools Chancellor Harold O. Levy, University of Maryland, College Park president Wallace Loh, NYU philosopher Thomas Nagel, peace activist and Nobel Chemistry and
Set This Circus Down
Set This Circus Down is the sixth studio album by American country music singer Tim McGraw. It was released in April 2001 via Curb Records; the album produced four singles, all of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The first single from his album is "Grown Men Don't Cry" released in March 2001 and was written by Tom Douglas and Steve Seskin. "Angry All the Time", the second single, was recorded by its writer, Bruce Robison, on his 1996 self-titled album. "The Cowboy in Me" is the third single, it reached Number One one week after McGraw's duet with Jo Dee Messina, "Bring On the Rain". "Unbroken" became the album's final single in May 2002. "Things Change" is a studio recording of a song which McGraw had recorded as a live version, which reached #34 on the country charts in 2000 from unsolicited airplay. Another track from this album is "Telluride". Despite reaching #52, it wasn't released as a single, it appears on Josh Gracin's 2008 album We Weren't Crazy, from which it was released as a single in December 2008.
"Angel Boy" was made into a music video, which got some airplay on CMT, but was not released as a single either. The album reached Number One on the Top Country Albums chart, it additionally peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200 while breaking the Top 20 in Canada and peaking at No.95 in Australia. The album has since been certified 3× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of three million copies in the United States, as well as single platinum for sales in Canada. About.com gave a "favorable" review and said it would not "disappoint those used to the excellent song selection of Tim's previous releases." Thom Jurek from Allmusic gave it 4 out of 5 stars and noted that Tim "masterfully and flows from one sound style to the next his familiar country-pop sound remains evident throughout on the title track, a song about a fast-paced couple yearning to kick back and relax in the country." While Billboard magazine, Plugged In, Rolling Stone all gave it positive and favorable reviews, David Brown from Entertainment Weekly gave it a B grade and said "From the eclectic songs he and his coproducers have chosen to the simple fact that his face doesn't appear on the cover for the first time, Set This Circus Down presents itself as an Important Statement, McGraw's career defining work McGraw doesn't write any of his material" when saying that the album "feels conceptual autobiographical."
John "weathered old reviewer" Hanson from Sputnikmusic gave it a 2.5 average after saying "Set This Circus Down, in eyes his best album, shows the time where he was at both the least level of cheese, but had not yet'sold out,' or sold out as much as you can in the Country scene." All singles reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and all reached top 40 on the Hot 100 chart. Jeff Babko – keyboards Larry Byrom – acoustic guitar Mike Elizondo – bass guitar Paul Franklin – steel guitar Byron Gallimore – baritone guitar Aubrey Haynie – fiddle, mandolin Mike Henderson – baritone guitar Faith Hill – background vocals on "Angry All the Time" Michael Landau – electric guitar B. James Lowry – electric guitar Brent Mason – electric guitar Tim McGraw – lead vocals Gene Miller – background vocals Val McCallum – electric guitar Steve Nathan – keyboards Chris Rodriguez – background vocals Pete Thomas – drums Biff Watson – electric guitar, acoustic guitar Lonnie Wilson – drums, programming Glenn Worf – bass guitar Curtis Wright – background vocals Curtis Young – background vocalsStrings performed by the Nashville String Machine, under the conduction of Carl Gorodetzky and Rob Mathes.
Arranged by Michael Omartian
Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival is a film festival held annually in Telluride, Colorado during Labor Day weekend. The festival was started in 1974 by Scott Brown, the Chairman of the Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy, James Card of Eastman-Kodak Film Preserve, it is operated by the National Film Preserve. In 2007 the Pences retired. Julie Huntsinger and Gary Meyer were hired to run the festival with Tom Luddy. Huntsinger is Executive Director. In 2010, Telluride Film festival partnered with UCLA TFT; this partnership created FilmLab, a program that focuses on the art and industry of filmmaking. This program is destined to ten selected filmmaker graduates from UCLA; the partnership was further extended in 2012, the two partners created a mutually curated film program on UCLA's Westwood campus. In 2013 the festival celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the addition of a new venue, the Werner Herzog Theatre and an extra day of programming; the bulk of the program is made up of new films, there is an informal tradition that new films must be shown for the first time in North America to be eligible for the festival.
Telluride is well-situated on the international film festival calendar for this: after the Cannes Film Festival, but just before the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. This insistence on premieres has led to Telluride's being associated with the discovery of a number of important new films and filmmakers; this is true of Michael Moore and Robert Rodriguez. The festival has had the American premiere of films such as My Dinner With Andre, Stranger than Paradise, Blue Velvet, The Civil War, The Crying Game, Mulholland Drive, Brokeback Mountain, The Imitation Game, Sully and Lady Bird. Since 1995 a special medallion has been presented annually to a non-filmmaker who has had a major impact on American or international film culture. Past recipients include Milos Stehlik, HBO, the French film magazine Positif, Ted Turner, Janus Films; each festival features three tributes. Each is awarded the Telluride Film Festival Silver Medallion; the 1974 tributes honored Gloria Swanson and Leni Riefenstahl.
Other tributees have included Lillian Gish, Penélope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Ang Lee, David Lynch, Jack Nicholson, Peter O'Toole, Mickey Rooney, John Schlesinger, Meryl Streep. As of 2015 the program is created by executive director Julie Huntsinger and founder and artistic director Tom Luddy, one of the Telluride Film Festival guest directors, who change each year; these have included Errol Morris, Peter Bogdanovich, Bertrand Tavernier, Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Peter Sellars, Stephen Sondheim, Buck Henry, Michael Ondaatje. Each year, an artist is selected to produce the poster art for the festival; those who have accepted the commission include Chuck Jones, David Salle and Mike Starn, Dottie Attie, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, Francesco Clemente, Dave McKean, Gary Larson. The sole requirement for the poster is; this is a tribute to a large illuminated sign which says "Show" and sits outside of the Sheridan Opera House, the festival venue where the Silver Medallions are awarded.
After serving guest director in 2001, Salman Rushdie wrote that, "It is extraordinarily exciting, in this age of the triumph of capitalism, to discover an event dedicated not to commerce but to love". Conversely, Susan Sontag, in her 1974 essay "Fascinating Fascism", lamented that, "The purification of Leni Riefenstahl's reputation of its Nazi dross has been gathering momentum for some time, but it has reached some kind of climax this year, with Riefenstahl the guest of honor at a new cinéphile-controlled film festival held in the summer in Colorado…." Kenneth Turan, film critic of the Los Angeles Times, wrote in 2002 that "the hothouse filmocentric universe Telluride creates over a Labor Day weekend has always been more a religion than anything as ordinary as a festival, complete with messianic believers and agnostic scoffers." Jeffrey Ruoff, a film historian at Dartmouth College, noted in 2015 that "Early buzz at Telluride opens the fall season of North American award speculation that climaxes with the Oscars."
The Academy Film Archive houses the Telluride Film Festival Collection, which consists of conversations with iconic filmmakers, tributes and seminars dating back to 1978. Official website Telluride Film Festival records, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U. S. state of Colorado. The town is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains; the first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875 and early settlement of what is now Telluride followed. The town itself was founded in 1878 as "Columbia", but due to confusion with a California town of the same name, was renamed Telluride in 1887, for the gold telluride minerals found in other parts of Colorado; these telluride minerals were never found near Telluride, but the area's mines for some years provided zinc, copper and other gold ores. Telluride sits in a box canyon. Steep forested mountains and cliffs surround it, with Bridal Veil Falls situated at the canyon's head. Numerous weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides. A free gondola connects the town with its companion town, Mountain Village, Colorado, at the base of the ski area.
Telluride and the surrounding area have featured prominently in popular culture, it is the subject of several popular songs. It is known for its ski resort and slopes during the winter, as well as an extensive festival schedule during the summer; the Telluride Historic District, which includes a significant portion of the town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Colorado's 20 National Historic Landmarks. The town population was 2,325 in the 2010 United States Census. Gold was first discovered in Colorado near present-day Denver, setting off the Pike's Peak gold rush of 1858; the Smuggler gold vein above Telluride, placer gold in the San Miguel River, were discovered in 1875. John Fallon made the first claim in Marshal Basin above Telluride in 1875 and early settlement of Telluride followed; the town itself was founded in 1878. Telluride was named "Columbia", but due to confusion with Columbia, the name was changed by the post office in 1887; the town was named after valuable ore compounds of the chemical element tellurium, a metalloid element which forms natural tellurides, the most notable of which are telluride ores of gold and silver.
Although gold telluride minerals were never found in the mountains near Telluride, the area's mines were rich in zinc, copper and ores which contained gold in other forms. Telluride began because of its isolated location. In 1881, a toll road was opened by Otto Mears which allowed wagons to go where only pack mules could go before; this increased the number of people in Telluride, but it was still expensive to get gold-rich ore out of the valley. In June 1889, Butch Cassidy, before becoming associated with his gang, "the wild bunch", robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride; this was his first major recorded crime. He exited the bank with $24,580, became famous as a bank robber. In 1891, the Rio Grande Southern railroad begun by Mears, arrived in Telluride building a two stall engine house, water facilities, a section house and a bunkhouse, sidings and a depot, it continued further up the valley to end its Telluride branch at Pandora, serving the mines and the town until 1952. The cheaper and consistent transportation for passengers and freight allowed miners and goods to flow into the San Miguel town and ore to flow out to the mills and foundries elsewhere.
This brought a brief but unprecedented boom to Telluride before the Panic of 1893. Around the turn of the 20th century, there were serious labor disputes in the mines near Telluride; the Colorado National Guard was called out and there were deaths on both sides. Unions were formed as miners joined the Western Federation of Miners in 1896. 1899 brought big changes as union strike action led most mines to grant miners $3 a day for an 8-hour day’s work plus a boarding pay of $1 a day. At this time, workers were putting in 10 - to the mines ran 24 hours a day. Work conditions were treacherous, with mines above 12,000 ft, a lack of safety measures, bitter weather in winter months; the boarding houses were precariously placed on the mountainsides. Telluride's labor unrest occurred against the backdrop of a statewide struggle between miners and mine owners. Bulkeley Wells was one mine operator hostile to the union; the Telluride Miners' Union was led by Vincent St. John; the disappearance of mine guard William J. Barney, which Wells declared a "murder", created much intrigue and national interest.
The accusations, animosity and expulsions which followed were part of an ongoing struggle throughout Colorado's mining communities which came to be called the Colorado Labor Wars. In 1891, Telluride's L. L. Nunn joined forces with George Westinghouse to build the Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant, an alternating current power plant, near Telluride; the plant supplied power to the Gold King Mine 3.5 miles away. This was the first successful demonstration of long-distance transmission of industrial-grade alternating current power and used two 100-hp Westinghouse alternators, one working as a generator producing 3,000 volt, 133 Hertz, single-phase AC, the other used as an AC motor; this hydroelectric AC power plant predated the Westinghouse plant at Niagara Falls by 4 years. Nunn and his brother Paul built power plants in Colorado, Idaho, Montana and the Ontario Power plant at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. Nunn developed a keen interest in education as part of his electrical power companies, in conjunction with Cornell University built the Telluride House at Cornell in 1909 to educate promising students in electr
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort is a ski resort located in Mountain Village, Colorado right next to the Town of Telluride. The Telluride Ski Resort is a year-round destination located in the southwest corner of Colorado; the resort is in the southern San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains, is home to the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. Telluride Ski Resort has over 2,000 skiable acres and spans between the historic town of Telluride and the modern alpine community of Mountain Village, Colorado. Telluride began as a mining camp in the late 1800s and is a National Historic Landmark District. While Telluride is well known for its advanced terrain the resort has over 50% beginner and intermediate runs; the top of resort features expert and advanced terrain. Telluride is located 330 miles from Colorado; the Ski Resort has been ranked #1 in the annual Conde Nast Traveler's Reader's Choice Survey in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and was named #1 small city in America in 2015.
The Telluride region was shaped over millions of years by changes in the climate and various rock formations. An inland sea, the area was underwater until a mountain building episode called the Laramie Orogeny pushed up the land 70 million years ago. Following that episode a period of volcanic activity added to the mass of these mountains as well as enriching them with minerals and heavy metals. Gold was first discovered in the Telluride region in 1858, the fledgling mining camp was founded under the name Columbia in 1878. Due to post office confusion with another mining camp called Columbia in California, Telluride was forced to change its name by the U. S. Postal Service in 1887. There is disagreement on where the name Telluride comes from. Most say town leaders named it after tellurium, a non-metallic element associated with rich mineral deposits of gold and silver to lure investors and workers by the promise of implied fortune. Others maintain that it originated from the castaway call "To-Hell-You-Ride," shouted by those who knew of the town's boisterousness as well as the rough and lengthy road to the rugged southern San Juan Mountains.
As mining business boomed so did Telluride's population. Nearly 5,000 people inhabited the "Town without a Bellyache" at the height of the Gold Rush, more millionaires lived in this thriving community than in New York City at the turn of the century. By 1904, more than $360 million of gold was pulled out of Telluride's mines. However, the world of mining was tough and would set the town on a boom and bust cycle until the development of a ski resort in the 1970s; the miners brought the original interest in skiing to the region. The Swede-Finn immigrant miners were the first to introduce the sport, once off duty would ski down from the mines beating the rest of the workers to Popcorn Alley, the home of Telluride's active brothels. In 1937 William H. Mahoney erected a primitive tow rope fashioned from a Volkswagen engine near Town Park's Beaver Pond. Bill "Senior" Mahoney first worked as an Idarado Mining Company shift boss and served as the first ski area mountain manager. Senior was instrumental in the development of the Telluride Ski Area and inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1997.
In the winter of 1938/1939 a real Swedish rope tow was built on Grizzly Gulch, presently known as Kid's Hill. As the times changed, Telluride's boom days started moving toward bust. Many of the area's mines shut down in the 1950s, in 1953 the population dwindled from thousands to hundreds as people left in droves to find their fortunes elsewhere. For the next 20 years Telluride was a ghost town. In 1964, Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District for its outstanding degree of historical significance due to its early mining history; this is the highest level of historic status given by the U. S. Secretary of the Interior, Telluride is one of only a handful of Colorado communities to boast this honor. Joe Zoline, a Chicago and Beverly Hills based businessman, heeded the advice of a friend from Aspen from years earlier who suggested he check out Telluride, thinking it would make a great ski area. Thanks to the tip, Zoline bought two ranches - Adam's Ranch and Gorrono Ranch located on the mountain sight unseen and showed up in Telluride for the first time in 1968.
He saw the potential profits from the region's natural endowments and went about creating a resort from scratch as there was little more than a few restaurants and one run down hotel at the time. Zoline hired Emile Allais, a French Olympic skier to help configure runs and lifts and consult on the design and layout of the mountain, he enlisted the help of Bill "Senior" Mahoney and Ed Bowers to cut trails, clear slopes, obtain land-use rights, mining claims, water rights for the ski company. Zoline hired ecologists and environmental planners and encouraged local preservationists to protect the Victorian-era town; the Ski Area started in 1970-71 with snowcat skiing for $10 a day including a sack lunch. Five lifts were constructed, the Telluride Ski School was founded in conjunction with the mountain's opening. Zoline's vision became a reality when the Telluride Ski resort opened on December 22, 1972. At that time there was no access from town and skiers took a bus to the day lodge located on the western side of the mountain where Big Billie's is today.
Proficient skiers could ride the five lifts it took to get to the top of the mountain, ski to town and catch the bus back to the day lodge three times in one day. While you could ski into Telluride, it was not until 1975 when Coonskin Lift 7 was built that the town and ski area were connected. Two Colorado Natives, Ron Allred and Jim Wells of the B