North Fork Valley

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Settlers came to the North Fork Valley after the Ute Indians departed from the area in September 1881. The fertile valley was surrounded by rugged mountains to the east, the majestic Grand Mesa to the north, the bleak "dobie" desert, and the meandering North Fork River. Arriving with just enough provisions to get by, the new settlers brought fruit trees, developed their water sources, and discovered coal, and soon, the arrival of the train made the possibilities of the valley a reality. Working together, the settlers founded the main communities of Hotchkiss, Paonia, and Crawford. Today, coal is the number one industry, wineries are abundant, artists love to display their talents, and it is a great place to live.
ISBN: 9780738595849
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kathy Addams McKee is a fourth-generation native of the valley. After researching her ancestry, she became interested in local history and joined the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society. Claudia Sutliff King is a lifelong resident of Paonia and a member of the North Fork Historical Society. She enjoys researching and writing local history. Her father rescued glass-plate negatives of the town that were destined for the dump. Fruit, coal, agriculture, and the people will tell the valley's story.