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The Routt County Courthouse Annex was destroyed in a 12-hour blaze that began early in the morning of May 4, 1961. Crews drained the reservoir up Spring Creek, where the pond and park is today, in order to fight the fire.

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Henry Muhme can’t remember all the details, but he’s pretty sure what woke him up shortly after 4 a.m. on May 4, 1961, was the siren. “Whenever that went off, we could hear it all over town,” Muhme recalled last week. That morning, Muhme and maybe nine others were at the county annex building for 12 hours, fighting one of the most destructive blazes in Steamboat history.


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