Historical Society enjoys successful Range Call

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society had a very busy Range Call celebration, helping wrap up the 128th edition of the Fourth of July in Meeker.

Keeping traditions alive…

The story starts out with Ute children at play and ends up with the White River Agency burning. The Meeker Massacre Pageant “Twilight of the Ute Empire,” a major part of the Range Call weekend in Meeker, is all about what happened in between. Indian agent Nathan C. Meeker started

Demolition derby and demonstration…

A member of the Rangely Rock Climbers demonstrates the agility of his vehicle on piles of big rocks stacked in front of the Meeker Fairgrounds stands on Thursday evening, prior to the demolition derby.

Parade winners named

MEEKER I The Meeker Chamber of Commerce has named winners for Thursday’s Fourth of July Parade: Best of Show: This winner best depicts this year’s theme “Keeping Traditions Alive.” Winner was Sable Mountain Outfitters.

Grand marshals…

Ethel Starbuck, 95, and Joe Sullivan, 93, took a brief stroll around the Rio Blanco County Courthouse lawn following Thursday’s annual Fourth of July Parade, which featured the two as grand marshals. Throughout today’s Herald Times are photos and


A variety of colors and shapes explode simultaneously as part of the Fourth of July fireworks display set off from Cemetery Hill above Meeker.

Range Call ~ Oldest continuous rodeo in state

MEEKER I Since 1938, the small town of Meeker, Colo., has celebrated our western heritage with its annual Range Call festival. In honor of keeping tradition alive, the Range Call Rodeo is a big part of the fun.

Kids’ events add to the fun at Ranch Rodeo

MEEKER I Don’t miss the Ranch Rodeo and Calcutta, which start at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds.

Meeker Range Call fireworks display still happening Thursday

MEEKER I People might think they have to head to the big city for a decent fireworks display, but Meeker residents and Range Call attendees know better. Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers and community support, Meeker’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display gets better every year.

Jumping for Jesus

MEEKER I More than 65 years old, Gene Sullivan is the oldest and longest touring motorcycle jumper in the world today. His first professional program took place in August 1970 in Colorado.

A history of the Meeker Massacre Pageant

The Meeker Pageant will start at dusk Friday, July 5 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker.

Editor’s note: A cornerstone of each year’s Range Call celebration is the re-enactment of the Meeker Massacre. The pageant was first presented in 1938 and has undergone considerable changes over the years as can be seen from this story, published in the July 4, 1968 edition of the Meeker Herald:

Parade marshals: Starbuck, Sullivan

Ethel Starbuck, 95, and Joe Sullivan, 93, will serve as grand marshals for the Range Call Annual Fourth of July Parade on Thursday. The couple stands out among long-time residents for their involvement in the community and the many projects they have undertaken and completed throughout many years.

MEEKER I In the universal quest of living life to the full, perhaps success can best be measured by how sincerely you give of yourself, maintain a positive outlook and take every opportunity to make each day a time to enjoy, to give and to share with someone.