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?Where did Rifle get it?s name?? is usually the first question most often asked by visitors coming into Rifle. Although no one can tell for sure the true naming of our town, most stories lead to the conclusion that Rifle got it?s name from an old cowboy surveyor that had left his rifle/gun leaning against a tree near a local creek. Since then he had referred to this area as ?Rifle? and the name has just keep living on.
Along with the naming of Rifle, Rifle, Colorado is ?rich? with western heritage and history. Many of Rifle?s downtown businesses and local residences currently reside in historical buildings dating back to the early 1900?s. Take a walk through our history with this ?Historical Walking Tour?
Christo?s Valley Curtain 1970 ? 1972
Artist Chriso Javacheff, and his wife Jeanne-Claude, had chosen Rifle, Colorado and the entrance of a canyon into the Grand Hogbacks as the site of one of their elaborate locations for their unique artwork displays known as the Christo?s Valley Curtain.
Construction of this art project started in 1970 at a cost of $250,000.00. The first attempt to raise the curtain failed as the wind blew it down. The second attempt in August 1972 was successful, however, the wind blew it down the next day. The final cost was over $600,000.00. the curtain fabric was a parachute like material of woven polyamide. Curtain size was 250,000 square feet and weighed 6 tons. It rose above the valley floor 350 feet at the ends. The sagging center had an archway
Across the street from the Garfield County Fairgrounds