Rocky Ford

Watermelon Day celebration in Rocky Ford Colorado
July 6, 2012

Staff writer The literal-minded explorer Kit Carson crossed the Arkansas River at a shallow spot filled with shale and boulders and he dubbed it Rocky Ford Crossing Place. The name stuck when two men traveling west with a wagon train decided to stop at the site and build a general store. The small community begun by G.W. Swink and Asa Russell in 1871 was actually about two miles from the…

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Rocky Ford Museum

Rocky Ford Museum Colorado
July 6, 2012

Staff writer The Rocky Ford Museum is a testament to community, displaying items donated and dug up (literally) by residents, and showing off the collection since 1941 in a series of locations donated, spruced up and maintained by members of the community. In 1940, Rocky Ford volunteers formed an Explorers League to encourage members to keep their eyes open for bits of the history and culture of the town and…

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