Early Craig

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Dreams of what the West could offer brought the earliest settlers into the Yampa Valley. After the Homestead Act of 1862 and the westward expansion of the railroad, the first trickle of land seekers arrived in this remote area in the mid-1870s. Interest in the vast coal lands was a main driver for investors seeking to develop the region. But the smaller yet more inherently valuable interests of family, farming, and agriculture were the real deciding factors in the settling of this vastly beautiful and challenging corner of Colorado. During those early years, the homesteaders in Craig managed to capture images of the area they had come to claim as their own. They photographed immense stretches of solitary land, quiet scenes of the family living room, and the optimism of the developing business districts. They left a photographic legacy that proves a picture is indeed worth a thousand words.
ISBN: 9780738599694
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 228
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado is passionate about accurately preserving the unique history of the region. This book is a natural outcome of those combined passions. The majority of the images contained in this book are from the museum's collections.