Aspen, CO 81611
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Aspen is the
largest city and county seat of Pitkin
County, Colorado. Founded as a mining camp
in the Colorado Silver Boom and named
because of the abundance of aspen trees in
the area, the city is now a ski resort and
cultural center. The city emerged as a
skiing mecca following World War II and the
foundation of the Aspen Skiing Company by
Walter Paepcke, a Chicago industrialist who
sought to create a utopian community of the
mind and body. Paepcke's legacy of the
Aspen/Snowmass resorts, along with such
institutions as the Aspen Institute and the
Aspen Music Festival and School, have made
the city a year-round international
destination for recreation, arts, business,
and intellectual discourse. In the late 20th
century, the city developed as an off-beat
haven for misfits, attracting such free
spirits as John Denver (who wrote several
folk songs about the town, including "Aspenglow",
and "Starwood in Aspen") and Hunter S.
Thompson, who was glorified by many locals
for his embodiment of the "freak power"
ethic of the community. The city is the site
of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
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