Photos: Ten oddest Colorado town nicknames

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How to get visitors to come to your town, city or state? Last week's mascot-packed Colorado tourism rally and Greeley's new "Let's Go" ad campaign represent two recent approaches.

But what about a memorable nickname? Colorful Colorado boasts a slew of very unusual ones. Check out our favorites from across the state below.

10. Telluride: To Hell You Ride

Photos: Ten oddest Colorado town nicknames

According to the blog Katrina Runs For Food, the story behind this moniker dates back to the period when Telluride was a silver-mining boom town: "Due to it's location, in a box canyon with jagged peaks on three sides, travel by horseback was dangerous. The legend says that the postmaster who delivered mail on horseback would tell those going to the town, 'To hell you ride!!' because of the dangerous travel."

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Possibly apocryphal, but definitely awesome.

9. South Park: Grab-All

Photos: Ten oddest Colorado town nicknames

Long before Stan, Eric, Cartman and Kenny were twinkles in Trey Parker and Matt Stone's eyes, South Park had another association according to AmericanTowns.com: "Gold was first found on Tarryall Creek in the summer of 1859. Rumors of the discovery soon brought hordes of prospectors. But the original discoverers had quickly staked all worthwhile claims and armed guards 'encouraged' the latecomers to move on. The disgruntled newcomers derided the claim holders, dubbing the camp as 'Grab-All.'"

Sounds sorta dirty, appropriately enough.

Page down to continue our countdown of the oddest Colorado town nicknames.


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