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William Pabor arrived in Western Colorado before the advent of irrigation, and the land presented a barren and desolate sight. But he saw something entirely different. "In the spring of 1884, lying on the bare floor of a log cabin on the site of what is now the town of Fruita, I watched the moonbeams play on the Roan Cliffs and across Pinon Mesa," Pabor wrote. "The silence of centuries seemed resting upon the plain. . . . But visions of the possibilities of the future swept before me. I saw homes founded, I saw family circles gathered together. I saw vineyards and orchards, and rose-embowered cottages in which love and happiness and contentment abode. . . . I heard the merry voices of children yet to be born. I heard the singing of harvesters bringing in the sheaves of golden grain." Pabor soon turned vision into reality and founded the town of Fruita.
ISBN: 9780738581729
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 227
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Several photographers recorded this Mesa County community's story through the years, and their evocative images were collected by the Lower Valley Heritage Chapter. Local authors and historians Denise Hight and Steve Hight turned to the chapter's collection and the photographs of others to relate Fruita's legacy onward from William Pabor's early days.
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