Carl Herold

Photo by Scott Franz

Carl Herold

Locals 2012: Carl Herold



Carl Herold

Are You a Local? Quiz

Take Steamboat Living’s simple quiz to help determine whether you’re a cheechako or a sourdough when it comes to your tenure in Steamboat.

1. White out is used to:
A. turn legs into jelly
B. correct mistakes on a term paper
C. warm up your legs on the first run
D. A and C

2. Three current postal clerks’ names are:
A. Don, Tom and Ron
B. Fred, Hank and Harriet
C. Julie, John and Norbert

3. Locals used to gather atop Thunderhead in the early morning for:
A. advice from Billy Kidd
B. free coffee/mimosas
C. rope drop

4. I try this ski parking sequence, in order:
A. tiny lot below Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square, Knoll Lot, Meadows Lot
B. Meadows Lot, Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square
C. rodeo grounds, City Market, Wildhorse Meadows

5. Drink out of the Lithium Spring and you may get:
A. the trots
B. a euphoric feeling
C. a ticket
D. algae in your teeth

6. The original name of the Yampa River was:
A. Bear River
B. Steamboat River
C. Anything Town USA River
D. Billy Kidd Brook

7. The original hospital in town now is:
A. a medical marijuana dispensary
B. Old Town Pub
C. Old Town Hot Springs
D. a tattoo parlor

8. The following people attended Perry-Mansfield:
A. Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Lee Remick
B. Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake
C. Marilyn Monroe

9. Touch the Buddy Werner statue atop Mount Werner and you’ll get:
A. arrested
B. good luck
C. cold fingers

10. The following Broadway musical resulted from Agnes de Mille square dancing in a schoolhouse in Hayden:
A. “Grease”
B. “Oklahoma”
C. “West Side Story”

11. The word “Yampa” comes from:
A. a flowering, edible root that grows along the river
B. the founder of town, Herbert B. Yampa
C. an Indian greeting

12. The real name of today’s Lighted Man is:
A. Tom Hanks
B. Jon Banks
C. Claudius Banks

13. The name of our local mountain range is:
A. Park B. Elk
C. Zirkels
D. Never Summer

14. These bands played at the Inferno:
A. Dave Matthews, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Sonia Dada
B. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taj Mahal and the Suburbs
C. Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull and Charlie Daniels

15. The original name of Steamboat Ski Area was:
A. Billy Kiddville
B. Storm Mountain
C. Grouse Creek
D. Wally World

16. The old Routt County license plates started with:

17. Lincoln Avenue is so wide because:
A. it was designed to fit Hummers and Lincoln Navigators
B. it was used to drive cattle to stockyards
C. high school tuba players needed more room at Winter Carnival

18. The train depot once was one of the largest:
A. cattle shipping centers in the West
B. facilities to host Cabaret
C. coal-transfer stations in Colorado

How did you score?
5 points for each correct answer (90 total)
80 to 90: veritable John Crawford
70 to 79: Billy Kidd
60 to 69: five-year ski bum
50 to 59: came for the winter, stayed for the summer
Below 50: just visiting

On the picturesque acres he nurtures in Yampa, Carl Herold easily could stay away from public service and debates. The lifelong Routt County resident has sweeping views of the Flat Tops and a healthy list of chores on his cattle ranch that sits far away from traffic signals and bustle.

But Carl always has had a strong voice in his community.

“If you live in a community, you should be involved in it,” he says while leaning on a tractor parked near the old white house he and his wife, Rita, have lived in since 1968. “So many people give and help you to raise your children. A person needs to give a little bit back.”

Carl’s resume of public service is impressive. He is an active member of the Community Agriculture Alliance and the Northwest Colorado Sage Grouse Committee as well as Routt County’s Farm Bureau and Extension and Weed advisory boards. He also has shared his passion and skill of leatherworking with 4-H members for decades.

“People listen to what he has to say,” Community Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh says. “He’s very well-read, and he thinks before he speaks. He’s a very kind man.”

Carl, 71, grew up on a homestead near Stagecoach Reservoir. He and Rita have two grown children who live in Routt County.

But much has changed during the seven decades he has called South Routt home.

“Things have gotten faster around here,” he says, as he describes how new technology and advanced farming equipment have weakened some of the relationships between community members. “You don’t work together like you used to. It’s lost the community flavor a little bit, and that’s too bad. Sometimes, we stay within ourselves.”

He says he has watched new smartphones hinder simple conversations between schoolchildren who walk together along the quiet dirt roads that lead to his ranch.

But despite the advent of new technology, much of Carl’s ranching lifestyle remains unchanged and pleasantly predictable.

“All of the valley is usually consistent,” he says. “Most of the time, I know how many days I can plant on. You don’t have the flies and the worms near as bad here as they are in other places.”

Before driving his old, dusty Dodge pickup truck to check on his herd, Carl says that aside from brief departures to serve in the U.S. Army and attend college in Oklahoma, he never had a desire to leave the Yampa Valley behind.

“There’s good people in this county,” he says. “And there always have been.”


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