Glenwood Springs was first called Defiance by its 1882 settlers. Surrounded by Ute hunting territory, the town at the confluence of two rivers was simply on the way to the mining claims up river to Aspen. The natural hot springs wrote the destiny of Defiance as a vacation town.
Read about Glenwood Springs history here.
Find the Glenwood Springs Historical Society here.
Check out this great facebook page on Glenwood Springs History here.
If you want to go on a deeper dive with a book check out this History of Glenwood Springs.
Or check out this history.