still serves as the county seat, is home to the school-district offices,
has an eighty-prisoner correctional facility and the district court,
and it has a growing tourist industry derived from Canyonlands National
Park and traffic coming from southwestern Colorado. According to the
1990 census, it has a population of 1,806, which includes a small Hispanic
community, and is the second largest city in San Juan County.
Robert S. McPherson
Perkins, Marian Nielson, and Lenora Jones, Saga of San Juan (1957);
Albert R. Lyman, "History of San Juan County 1879-1917," (unpub. ms.,
BYU); Harold George and Fay Lunceford Muhlestein, Monticello: A History
of Monticello until 1937 (1988); and Norma Perkins Young, Anchored Lariats
on the San Juan Frontier (1983).