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The Hayden area's first settlers, who arrived around 1875, were certain that their hamlet would become the hub of Northwest Colorado. The first regional trading post, Routt County Courthouse, and U.S. post office were established here on the banks of the Yampa River. Nestled in the Yampa's wide, verdant, high-country valley at 6,300 vertical feet, the energetic little town's future was peopled by an assortment of penniless yet hopeful dreamers as well as enterprising ranchers and other businessmen. Ezekiel Shelton brought his family and a myriad of skills. Jim Norvell drifted in on foot and with a few dollars established a mercantile and saloon and later, after "finding religion," a church. While the towns of Craig to the west and Steamboat Springs to the east grew, Hayden retained its familial descendants—"stayers"—enamored of their corner of the beautiful Rocky Mountains and sheltered from most severe weather in the Yampa Valley.
ISBN: 9780738580210
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 214
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Resident author Jan Leslie has combined her extensive knowledge of Hayden's past with the photographic resources of the Hayden Heritage Center to create this delightful window on one small town's unique past in the panoramas of both Western heritage and the Yampa River Corridor's breathtaking landscapes.
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