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A Montrose by any other name

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Hart Van Denburg/CPR News
Montrose, Colorado, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.
A Montrose by any other name

Shakespeare reminds us that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." The same holds for the Western Colorado town, of Montrose. Or Mon-TROZE, or MONT-roze.

Once known simply as “The New Town,” it sprang up in the late 1800s to supply nearby mining communities. It's also gone by other names: Uncompahgre Junction, Ute City, Pomona, Dadtown. One early resident, an avid reader who loved the classics, suggested the town take the name of one of his favorite characters in literature: a legendary Scottish nobleman from a novel by Sir Walter Scott. But since the town's incorporation in 1882, one question persists: how do you pronounce the name? For the answer, we asked Mayor Barbara Bynum.

[Mayor Bynum]: “MON-troze, not mont-ROZE."

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