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Re-release of book on Steamboat history is celebration of author’s life and work

Former Steamboat Pilot editor Dee Richards uses a typewriter in 1972. Richards was the editor of the newspaper for 25 years. She died in 2007 at age 86.

If you go:

What: Celebration of re-release of “Steamboat Round the Bend”

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21

Where: Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2875 Elk River Road

— From a historically passionate and uniquely journalistic perspective, Dee Richards, in her 1976 book "Steamboat Round The Bend," tells the story of how the community of Steamboat Springs was built.

From the 1874 discovery of hot water bubbling out of a hillside by James Harvey Crawford to the first Fourth of July rodeo and Winter Carnival, Richards details Steamboat's history through the fundamental social and structural building blocks — the post office, library, school, fire station, churches, system of governance, utilities, railway, hospital, housing and commerce, newspaper and ski and hospitality industries.

Richards, who passed away in 2007, moved to Steamboat in 1950 and was the editor of the Steamboat Pilot from 1965 to 1990. She had not only a distinct and engaging viewpoint but also total access to the town's printed archives.

Richards dedicates the book to Crawford and his wife, Margaret, "Who built a thoroughfare for freedom across the wilderness."

However if you are lucky enough to find a copy of Richard's out-of-print book today, it is likely a bit worse for wear.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m., a celebration of the "Steamboat Round the Bend's" re-release, and the life of Richards, will be held at Butcherknife Brewing