OURAY COUNTY The history of "The Ouray Water Gap"
By Bill Tiedje
Before a reservoir and a highway filled the high-banked valley where the Uncompahgre River flows north from Ridgway, the "Ouray Water Gap" was home to a self-reliant group of farmers, road builders and entrepreneurs.
Jack and Barbara Rairden began work on their book "The Ouray Water Gap" in 2012.
The National Park Service has described a "water gap" as a pass (in the mountains) that a river runs through. The term is used more frequently in the eastern U.S.
The book is a historical account of the area between the Uncompahgre River’s confluences with Dallas Creek and Billy Creek.