Tom Ross: Rowdy saloons and brothels helped fund early civic improvements in frontier towns like Steamboat Springs
Steamboat's early saloons — and along with them, its red light district — faded abruptly Jan. 1, 1916 when prohibition went into effect. But first they had a helluva New Year's Eve party in Brooklyn.
Anyone looking for an inexpensive getaway from bustling Steamboat Springs would do well to consider the two-hour drive north to Carbon County, Wyo., where the Encampment River flows into the mighty North Platte. There, travelers will find wilderness and Western history to explore and at least one two-story outhouse.
Author Preethi Burkholder will tell stories about St. Elmo, nearby Tin Cup and other ghost towns at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum during a talk about her new book, “Ghost Towns of the Rockies.”
On last week's trip down Yampa Canyon in Moffat County, we quickly slipped into the routine sharing of chores, honored our leaders and our shaman, and paid heed to our most-skilled rowers.
There is historic precedent for farmers and ranchers keeping an eye on the changes in prominent snow fields shimmering in the June heat in order to gauge how much longer they would have snowmelt to irrigate with.
Tom Ross: Finalist for Colorado Book Award due in Steamboat to talk about future of water in the West
Of all the research author Stephen Grace did for his book "Dam Nation," the information that concerns him most is the revelation that we have been living in an era of relative water abundance in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
In the case of this early morning phone call, the caller’s dog had experienced a close encounter with erethizon dorsatum — a porcupine.
I’ve always urged that it’s important to visit other mountain towns to gain new insights into the quirky, little burgh we happen to inhabit.
Senior Steamboat Lake State Park ranger Brent Lounsbury said the campgrounds are muddy and there are many chores to do, including turning the electricity on, but the snow is going fast.
Thirsting for adventure this week, I cruised over to a couple of storage unit auctions. I learned that while there isn’t an antique in every locker, there definitely can be some pleasant surprises.
I can’t find a record of it, but I believe it was also 1994 when Sheryl Crow understandably canceled her free show in Steamboat because David Letterman’s staff had called to offer her an appearance on “Late Night.”
Jeff Troeger's Nissan Leaf has a backup beeper that sounds like space bells, and when the driver is keeping it below 20 mph, the Leaf assumes that it is in a parking lot and makes a gentle whooshing sound to alert pedestrians.
Barry Fey’s greatest contribution to Denver and the region may have helping to establish Red Rocks as one of the most sought-after concert venues by the artists themselves.
When he lived in Steamboat in the 1990s, poet Steve Smallwood worked behind the desk of the old Harbor Hotel at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Seventh Street. He would bring his poems into the newspaper office, and we often would publish them as letters to the editor.
Rehabilitating injured turtles is a major part of the mission at Sea Turtle Inc. Turtles arrive there after stranding themselves on the beaches due to injuries caused by boat props, fishing lines, shark attacks and ingesting pieces of plastic.