Rediscovered film portrays another era in Routt County agriculture |

Rediscovered film portrays another era in Routt County agriculture

When horsepower implied horses

Filmmaker Modesto Compestine

How can I see the Modesto Compestine film?

Modesto Compestine’s film about rancher Frank Harrison, who relied on draft horses to harvest hay, can only be viewed at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, preferably by appointment. The public is welcome to call 970-879-2214 and ask for Katie Adams.

Devoted to Strawberry Park

John Whittum’s 2016 collection of non-fiction essays about Strawberry Park and other Routt County locations in the 1960s, “Reflections from Northwest Colorado,” can be found at Off the Beaten Path bookstore and coffee shop, 68 Ninth St. in Steamboat Springs.

— The audience that packed the Utterback Annex of the Tread of Pioneers Museum Sept. 2 enjoyed a rare glimpse of horse-powered agriculture in the Yampa Valley as the late Strawberry Park rancher Frank Harrison practiced it into the 1960s.

Thanks in part to a long-gone mare named Bay, Steamboat Springs filmmaker and still photographer Modesto "Comp" Compestine was persuaded by Harrison to document a full calendar year of his work on the ranch. Portions of that 8mm color film, “Four Seasons,” shot in the early 1960s, was shown and narrated by Compestine at the museum this month.