Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Steamboat Springs Colorado State University Extension offices in Routt and Moffat counties are offering the public a chance to see how the Yampa Valley has changed, or stayed the same, over the last century.
The "Rivers, Range and Change" program is happening today at the Steamboat Pilot & Today building, 1901 Curve Plaza. It will be a presentation of photos taken of the same local places but at different times in the last 100 years. The oldest photos date back to the early 1900s.
The free photo history program begins at 6 tonight in the newspaper's community room, 1901 Curve Plaza
"It's more of a look at the landscape," said Jean Morrow, of the Routt County Extension Office. "How it has formed and changed."
For example, there is a series of pictures of Rabbit Ears Pass. The first was taken in 1910; it shows the impact of a forest fire. The second picture of the same area was taken in the 1950s and shows regrowth. The last was taken in 1998, showing the complete reforestation of the area.
"It's a really cool panoramic shot of Rabbit Ears at three different phases of its life cycle in a 100-year period," Morrow said.
Similar photos show the movement of the Yampa River in one particular area, the ecological change, or in some places, the lack of change to range land and the erosion of rock and land formations.
In all, there are about 150 sets of photos that have been collected.
From those, some have been chosen to be displayed in the program. On April 1, a book will be printed that will include all the photos and will be on sale.