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The free-roaming Ute Indians were the first modern-day people to live in the White River valley. After mounting tensions erupted into violence and the Indian agency near present-day Meeker was attacked, the Ute were soon evicted from northwestern Colorado in 1881. By that time, adventurous people were pressing in at all sides to settle the area. Settlers drawn by land speculation and ranching populated this rural area. Ranching, hunting, guiding, and coal, oil shale, oil, and gas extraction were the ways people made their livings, or hoped to, in this region. Meeker had it all with a touch of Wild West and a promise of the American dream—and all in a setting that would lure Teddy Roosevelt himself. Inside this book are glimpses of the people, traditions, celebrations, and ways of life of those who lived here before us.
ISBN: 9781467132022
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and archaeologist Kristin Bowen uses the photographic collections of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society and the White River Museum in Meeker, Colorado, for this work. The White River Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the White River valley; it maintains its unique collections and keeps stories and traditions alive for future generations.
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