John Jarvie Historic Ranch

John Jarvie Ranch general store
April 4, 2013

Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch was among the visitors to the John Jarvie Ranch, whose trading post and general store drew cowboys from nearby ranches as well as those passing through on horseback.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado

Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig
April 6, 2012

Staff writer The top exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Colorado is a collection of nearly 1,000 cowboy and gunfighter artifacts that takes up the building’s second floor. The museum also has a small group of historic items from the Denver Northwest & Pacific Railroad, memorabilia from Edwin Johnson, a former Colorado governor and U.S. senator, and an 11- by 16-foot painting of Craig in 1896. The museum is housed…

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Wild horses in Sand Wash

Staff writer Hundreds of wild horses roam free in the Sand Wash Herd Management Area, one of four established in Colorado under the provisions of a 1971 federal law and run by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Visitors can observe the horses from Wild Horse Loop, which runs through the heart of Sand Wash Basin, or from Sevenmile Ridge off Moffat County Road 75. A four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended,…

April 6, 2012
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Wyman Living History Museum

Staff writer The Wyman Living History Museum has eclectic exhibits, including collections of Colorado license plates and chain saws, a fully stocked general store from the town of Pagoda, a barn from the family’s ranch, a blacksmith shop from Walden and a 1932 Lincoln. The museum was founded by Lou Wyman, whose father homesteaded near Milk Creek in 1905 and then skied over in 1911 to purchase the property along…

April 6, 2012
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Marcia Car from Moffatt Railroad

Staff writer The Marcia Car is a private railroad car originally constructed by the Pullman Co. in 1906 for Denver banker and railroad magnate David Moffatt, who used it to review progress on the construction of the Denver Northwestern & Pacific Railroad and to entertain prospective investors in the project. Moffatt named the car after his daughter and only child, Marcia. The interior woodwork is solid mahogany imported from Africa,…

April 6, 2012
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Browns Park

Browns Park in northwestern Colorado
April 6, 2012

Staff writer Browns Park is an area rich with Old West history that stretches between Diamond and Cold Springs mountains and across parts of northwestern Colorado, northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. The Old West history covers Native Americans, fur trappers, explorers, ranchers, rustlers and outlaws, with famous visitors and residents including Kit Carson, John Wesley Powell, Capt. John C. Fremont, Ann Bassett and Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. Native Americans from…

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Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
April 6, 2012

Staff writer The Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, located about 90 miles west of Craig, features elk, deer, moose and other wildlife in an area noted in Wild West history as home to ranchers, rustlers, fur trappers, outlaws and Fort Davy Crockett. The 13,455-acre refuge, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also is home to river otter, beaver, black-tailed jackrabbits, osprey, Great Basin gopher snakes, songbirds, Woodhouse’s toad…

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Craig

Craig in northwest Colorado
April 5, 2012

Staff writer Craig is a small city in northwestern Colorado that serves as a center for hunting, cattle ranching, coal mining and electrical power generation. Craig was founded in 1889 as a supply town for nearby ranches, thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of Fortification Creek and the Yampa River, then known as the Bear River. Coal mining came to the region in the 1970s, and three coal-fired…

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