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If you’re hitting the slopes this winter, there’s arguably no better powder than in Telluride, CO. Where did this Rocky Mountain resort town get its name?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “telluride” is “a binary compound of tellurium with a more electropositive element or group.” Unlikely as it seems, most sources cite this mineral compound as the origin of Telluride, the town.

Tellurium is a silvery-white, semi-metallic element associated with copper, nickel, gold and silver. Makes sense as Telluride, CO was a mining town during the gold rush. Originally it was called Columbia when it was founded in 1878, but the postal service kept confusing it with Columbia, CA, so the name was changed in 1887.