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Town profile: Gypsum

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Kathy Heicher/Enterprise

Gypsum is located at the western end of Eagle County, about 30 miles west of Vail along Interstate 70. The community’s economy ws anchored in ranching and agriculture for the better part of the 20th century.

In the late 1800s it was there that sheep were introduced to the region’s ranches, upsetting some cattle ranchers and others in the area, although they saw none of the violence between sheep people and cattle people that beset some other areas.

As of the 2000 census, Gypsum had a total population of 3,654. The population lingered around 1,000 for decades as the Vail area grew to their east. Gypsum’s town officials sought growth, which was slow to come to their community.

But a bold move by the town council about a decade ago more than tripled the town’s area and set the stage for rapid growth and economic expansion.

They annexed almost everything along U.S. Highway 6 between Gypsum and Eagle, about nine miles away, including the Eagle County Regional Airport, where tens of thousands of winter tourists land each ski season on their way to Vail. In that area they approved the Gypsum Airpark commercial/industrial area, and western Eagle County’s first big box retailer, Costco.

With this wider and deeper tax base, Gypsum is expanding its community facilities with a new town hall, library, outdoor performing arts facility and a massive recreation center that includes an indoor pool.

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