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.
Cemeteries are fascinating places. Spending an afternoon wandering through acres of gravestones, reading the names, dates and words etched on marble, is like embarking on a self-guided history tour of any community.
For a book lover like me, getting a ticket to attend this year’s Literary Sojourn was like landing a backstage pass to a Rolling Stones concert.
The focus of this week’s column shifted suddenly after I woke up early Friday to discover more than 7 inches of fresh snow covering every inch of the landscape. I waited to hear about school closings and road closures before realizing that this type of weather was routine in Steamboat and other mountain towns.
For a community the size of Steamboat Springs, the local library here is phenomenal. It rivals libraries I’ve found in big cities and on university campuses. Not only does the library boast an impressive collection of about 90,000 items, but the 21,000-square-foot facility has managed to create a space that is both serene and a hub for community activity.
In my quest to learn as much as I can about the place I now call home, I took a step back in time and toured the Tread of Pioneers Museum in downtown Steamboat Springs. My guide was Candice Bannister, the museum’s executive director, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to provide me with an introduction to Steamboat’s rich history and to give me an overview of the expansive resources available at the local museum.
There’s no forgetting Cookie Lockhart. The famed auctioneer's larger-than-life personality, deep voice and quick wit make a strong first impression.
I’m not one to turn down a free lunch, so when David Freseman invited me to attend a “LIFT-UP 101 Luncheon,” I gladly accepted, and by doing so, I was introduced to a worthy, well-managed organization that makes a difference in the lives of needy and hurting families throughout Routt County.
He's not a jazz musician or a rock star but a cat, who has become a bit of a legend, especially among pilots and guests who frequent Steamboat Springs Airport.
Each week, I will use this column to share my latest adventures and discoveries about Steamboat Springs and the other extraordinary Routt County communities. I invite readers to join me on my quest by suggesting places you’d like me to visit, people you want me to meet or activities you’d like me to try.