Thanks for doing your annual Best of the Boat awards. I appreciate all the work and knowing where to go for services, shops and restaurants. I was wondering if you could add one more category: best city staffer or local government worker. So many categories affect very few people — not everyone is in contact with a wedding planner or snowmobile repair technician — but nearly everyone has to interact with the government at some point. It’s great to highlight the best of our community and some of that can extend into the public sector.
— Toby Stauffer, Steamboat Springs
This year’s Best of the Boat (spring 2013) magazine is the best to date. It read well, was supportive of our community and really well done. Keep up the great work!
— Steven Ross, Steamboat Springs
I recently read the Locals issue and had to send you a note on how much I enjoyed it. I eat lunch alone every day in a satellite office, and every day I look forward to returning to the page I just read to continue. It was the issue about 19 locals who epitomize life in Steamboat. I read every page from cover to cover and can’t wait until I can plan a trip there. What a beautiful city full of beautiful people. I was in Colorado last fall to visit an old friend, and we went up into the mountains at Estes Park and vowed I’d return with husband in tow. After reading about your town, Steamboat is where I want to go.
— Susan Chappell, Southwest Ranches, Florida
A Tale of Two Cities
Thank you for your write-up on Steamboat, Nevada. My last visit there was in 1989, when it was the site of a religious retreat and its hot springs were closed to the public. I have photos of the billboard (“Steamboat Hot Springs Priority Mission”) and the historical marker, which reads: “Steamboat Springs. These natural hot-springs are notable for their curative qualities. They were nationally acclaimed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1879. Early immigrants so named them because of their puffing and blowing. Located in 1860 (by Felix Monet), a hospital, with adjacent bath-houses, was subsequently added by a Dr. Ellis (1861-1862). The Comstock mining activities, and the coming of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in 1871, caused Steamboat to become a terminal. ... Its resort popularity reached its peak with the bonanza days. To its fine hotel, commodious dance hall and elegant bar came the legendary silver kings, politicos, gamblers, and news chroniclers, escorting the lovely ladies of stage and opera house. ... Attendance waned and fires destroyed the luxurious buildings, but the therapeutic waters remained, not only for health-seekers, but for conditioning athletes — even producing mineral muds sought by cosmeticians and race horse owners.”
— Bill Fetcher, Steamboat Springs