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Whitewater (1883, 4,660 feet) is a ranching center named for rapids in the Gunnison River west of town. The barren badlands between Whitewater and Delta inspired a local wag to post a homemade sign, “Stinking Desert National Monument.” The Bradbury Ranch (1895, Daniel Bradbury), 4614 U.S. 50, has a ranch house and outbuildings of local Dakota sandstone on the working ranch now operated by Walter Bradbury.

The former Whitewater Hotel (1888), 140 Short Street, a two-story frame building, has been converted to a private residence with an enclosed porch across its front. Next door to the east is the false-fronted frame Snider's General Store (1888), whose painted lettering remains just visible in the peeling facade. Coffman's Ranch (1884), 1 mile west of Whitewater, a two-story frame house with its gables decorated in fancy bargeboards and wood trim, was a pioneer cattle ranch and fruit farm in now ebbing Whitewater.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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