Fruita, Colorado

The first Anglo settlers arrived in the Fruita area around 1882. Then came a large group following William Pabor after he formed the Fruita Town and Land Company and began selling small acreages in 1884. In those early days, the economy primarily revolved around agricultural pursuits, especially the growing of fruit. In recent years, though, the economy has shifted more toward tourism with a lot of focus on mountain biking, whitewater rafting and hiking in the mix. It also helps that Colorado National Monument is right on the city's southern doorstep.

The old Fruita High School, now the Fruita Community Center
The old Fruita High School, now Community Center