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This week, I am officially changing the name of my column from Discovering Steamboat to Exploring Steamboat.
Jean Benton and her art-on-wheels car are a common sight in Steamboat Springs, and as Jean drives down Lincoln Avenue, she gets waves and honks and thumbs-up from the people she passes.
After talking about cranes with Nancy over coffee recently, I found myself genuinely intrigued by the magnificent bird, and I’ve been on the look out for one ever since.
After driving from Steamboat Springs to Craig and back at least a half a dozen times in the last six months, I could avoid it no longer, and last Wednesday, I felt compelled to stop at a “Point of Interest” sign located along U.S. Highway 40 between Hayden and Minturn. The visit introduced me to the former coal mining town of Mount Harris.
Barb Clark and her 6-year-old Bernese Mountain dog Julia demonstrated perfect teamwork during a recent visit to Yampa Valley Medical Center as part of the Heeling Friends hospital visitation program.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today has two reporters on the ground in Sochi, Russia, to bring the games to Steamboat Springs and our readers.
Since joining the 2013-14 Leadership Steamboat class this fall, I’ve been looking forward to the day we would be traveling to Peabody Coal’s Twentymile Mine for a tour.
The famous Heart Spring that feeds all of Old Town Hot Springs' spas and pools has a rich history in Steamboat. It is thought the Ute Indians frequented the spot for the healing powers of the natural spring water, and James Crawford, Steamboat’s founder, discovered the spring soon after he moved to the valley in 1875.
The famous roving Christmas tree will be marking its 75th anniversary on Dec. 24, and after talking to Cindy Wright, the woman spearheading the current effort, I discovered the legend behind the holiday tradition was Steamboat electrician and “sound man” Walt Webber, Wright’s grandfather.
Spend time with Tom Litteral, and you’ll soon discover someone who is passionate about birding and nature in general. The retired park ranger and firefighter, who now serves as a city bus driver, has been able to share his love for feather finding through involvement in Yampa Valley Birding Club, a group he helped begin shortly after he moved to Steamboat 20 years ago.
The arts are alive and well in Steamboat Springs, in part, because of the existence of groups like the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
Steamboat Springs Arts Council Executive Director Lawrence Block said he vividly remembers hundreds of people wearing “Save the Depot” T-shirts and campaigning to spare the historic building from demolition after it had been condemned in 1980.
After months of passing by the old Steamboat Springs train depot during runs along the Yampa River Core Trail, I finally scheduled a personal tour of the building this past week. That visit has inspired me to plan a series of columns devoted to the historic building itself, the efforts to save it back in the 1970s and ’80s and the group that breathed new life into the beautiful old structure.
The Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse is a reminder of a bygone era when one-room, white-clapboard structures dotted the Northwest Colorado landscape.