Traveling the ‘Million Dollar Highway’

By Lanell Stuart
Special to The PREVIEW

We took a trip in October 2006 to Ouray. As we traveled from Ouray to the mining town of Silverton, we traveled down the “Million Dollar Highway.” It is a beautiful scenic route and reminds me of the magnificence of God’s creation.

Traveling down the highway, you can’t be anything but in “awe” of the view from the window of the bus.  There are so many curves that make their way around the steep mountains. The drop-offs on the other side of the road can be intimidating. You can see the treetops of magnificent evergreen, thin aspen and birch trees that abound everywhere as you travel this highway. The beautiful leaves of bright yellow, gold, orange, and red glisten in the sun. On the other side of the road rising above us is a steep mountain.

The bus driver informed us there are a few legends why it is called, the Million Dollar Highway. One is that it is literally made of a million dollars because of the gold that fell from the trucks transporting the gold from Ouray to Silverton to be transported again by the railroad there.

Another legend is because of the value of the gold being transported along the road was a million dollars. Then still another legend is that it is called the Million Dollar Highway because it cost a million dollars to build.  Whatever the reason they call it the Million Dollar Highway, it is worth traveling to Ouray or Silverton to see. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess you could say, rhetorically speaking, it is almost worth a million dollars to see.

God has a plan for all people. And thus he “provides cycles of life, each with its work for us to do.” There was a “cycle of life” when the road served business people and provided work for God’s people. Now it is traveled not only for business, but for the beauty of the land by tourists and the people of Colorado. The mines have long been shut down. “In the day,” it was a million-dollar business.

This is more of the “Grandeur of God,” which reflects the fact that God made such a beautiful world in which we live. How can anyone not believe in God’s handiwork?

May the people of Colorado never take for granted the beautiful land in which they live. May they enjoy the blessedness that God has bestowed on their land. And may you be blessed by seeing the beautiful land that God has bestowed on our country by traveling the Million Dollar Highway.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also he has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

This story was posted on June 19, 2014.