Hidden History of Routt County

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Settling Routt County was never easy or safe. Fugitives used the undeveloped landscape as an “outlaw trail” to evade authorities. The inexorable Harry Tracy managed three jailbreaks before being killed by a posse. Conversely, many of the first families left entrepreneurial legacies. Widowed Alice Bartz sold the family homestead to start the Bartz Hotel in her Steamboat Springs’ bakery and house, serving three meals a day to locals and guests. Others families, like the Nays and the Laughlins, were able to cut hay and raise enough livestock to pass the land down to future generations. Native author Rita Herold preserves oral histories and nearly forgotten episodes of the county’s past.
ISBN: 9781467143981
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Colorado
Series: Hidden History
Images: 89
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A descendant of the early settlers of Routt County, Rita Herold operates a fifth-generation centennial ranch near Yampa. Following a bachelor’s degree in education from Utah State University, she taught grades K–12 and history for both Colorado Northwestern Community College and Colorado Mountain College. She has given numerous presentations for the Tread of Pioneer’s Museum, Tracks & Trails Museum and the Yampa-Egeria Museum. She served as a board member and volunteer in the CattleWomens Association, Routt County Preservation Board and the Yampa-Egeria Historical Society.
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