Founded as a railroad town near the confluence of the Colorado and Fraser rivers, Granby (inc. 1905, 7,965 feet) was named for Colorado's U.S. District Attorney, Granby Hillyer, to flatter law enforcement officials concerned about the collection of roadhouses that first sprang up there. Granby became a national center for head lettuce cultivation in the 1920s, but the business had declined by the 1950s, when one lettuce warehouse became the Windy Gap Inn. Granby is now a supply, ranching, and tourist center with approximately 1,000 residents.
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