Ignacio (1882, 6,432 feet) was named for a Ute Indian chief who led the tribe from the 1880s until his death in 1912. This is the headquarters of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, which houses the Southern Ute Boarding School (1902) and a former hospital (1933) and girls' dormitory (1930) that are now part of the Tribal Affairs Office Complex. The town was platted in 1910 when whites purchased the land from the tribe. Across the street from the Tribal Affairs Complex, Colorado 172 and La Plata County 314, is the Sky Ute Lodge (1971), a motel, restaurant, museum, community center, and gallery remodeled in 1993 to include a casino.
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