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    (1879- )
    Born in United States
    County seat of Pitkin County
    Population: 6,728 (2013)
    Located around the Sawatch Range and Elk Mountain in the Rocky Mountain Range alongside of the Roaring Fork River
    Originally called Ute City until 1880
    Hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (1950)
    Home of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Wheeler Opera House and the John Denver Sanctuary
    As the silver mines were shut down following the Panic of 1893, its population dropped rapidly until 1930.
    Some of its people suffer from acute mountain sickness.
    It is one of the most expensive places to live in.
    It is where journalist Hunter S. Thompson ran for sheriff as he wanted to change the name from Aspen to 'Fat City' and lost.
    Serial killer Ted Bundy dodged a pre-trial hearing and tried to use a stolen car at nearby Aspen Mountain (1977).
    'American Idol' auditions were held here (2012).
    It was the setting for the VH-1 reality TV show 'Secrets of Aspen.'
    It was founded when silver was discovered in the area.
    It is a popular skiing destination.
    It has been a host city of the Winter X Games sports event.
    It was the first city in North America to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
    It is featured on an episode of 'South Park,' 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy.'
    The Aspen Movie Map used this location for an example of early virtual reality street viewing.
    It has reputation of being outdoorsy and it is surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery.

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