Along the Huerfano River

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Long before English speakers set eyes upon it, the volcanic plug on the south bank of the Huerfano River was tagged with a moniker that means "the orphan." Spanish conquistadors saw it as a rock pile that God dumped in the middle of nowhere, an odd little cone far removed from the regular foothills edging the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. In the 18th century, this outcropping and the river that bears the same name were famous landmarks for Native American tribes, Hispanic explorers, and French adventurers. Then in the 19th century, along came US mountain men, gold-seekers, cowboys, sheep ranchers, railroad workers, town developers, and coal miners from 31 different countries, speaking 27 different languages. Counterculture revolutionaries discovered the area in the 1960s and established five separate communes west of Walsenburg. Each wave of immigrants brought new perspectives and lifestyles.
ISBN: 9781467117005
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 201
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Kay Beth Faris Avery has published four books on the rich history of southern Colorado. For this volume, she has selected images from state archives, regional heritage centers, county historical societies, city libraries, and privately owned collections to create a multidimensional look into the unique cultural mix that exists within the Huerfano Valley.
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