86 years later: Skull in mystery death is returned to family members now in Iowa

This is a photograph of “Hermie” Park, as he was called, in 1930, the year he disappeared in eastern Rio Blanco County.

MEEKER I Sometimes when we lose a loved one, closure thankfully comes quickly—with the body in the family’s possession. Sometimes, unfortunately, real closure never comes—as the body is never recovered. And sometimes, closure comes after 86 years, such as in the case of Herman Leroy Parks, nicknamed “Hermie,” who was last seen alive in 1930.

Not all Western history is happy history

RBC I Why are we drawn to monuments that commemorate evil, darkness and death? What compels us to remember things we would rather forget? Every year, thousands of visitors journey to Nazi concentration camps. Here in the U.S., President John F. Kennedy’s birthplace is a national historic site, but the museum on the sixth floor […]

Having ice a tough task in old days before refrigeration

Farm and ranch crews had to wait until area ponds and lakes froze over before they could begin the arduous task of cutting blocks of ice from the frozen surface and transporting those blocks back to the farm or ranch in sufficient quantities to last through the year.

MEEKER I Early employees of the 101 Ranch, now the Rio Blanco Ranch, may remember the “ice house” and going out to cut blocks of ice to be used for refrigeration throughout the year—or as long as it would last.

“Share your story” contest

RBC I Share your Colorado story on History Colorado’s Facebook page for a chance to win. History Colorado, established in 1879, offers access to Colorado’s cultural and heritage resources, including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families, collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, educational resources for schools, students and teachers, services related to […]

Ranching Feature: Sheep industry changes, but survives

RBC I In the 60-plus years that I have been privy to the sheep industry in Rio Blanco County many things have changed and much has remained the same.

Ranching Feature: Miller Creek Ditch, one of Meeker’s great industries

RBC I Range cattle in White River country were plagued with summer drought,