RBC Historical Society celebrates 130 years of the Herald Times

Celebration Sunday marks 130 years of The Meeker Herald

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society will celebrate 130 years of the Meeker Herald on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. will be a potluck lunch in the courtyard of the garrison. Guest speakers will include several of the past publishers (owners), including current owner Mitch Bettis, who is also in the newspaper business in Little Rock, Ark.

MEEKER I A stellar year for new beginnings came in 1885. The Town of Meeker was officially started. The rodeo began that year and never stopped. And James Lyttle came to town and started a newspaper on Aug. 5, 1885.

Milk Creek donations to double

MEEKER I The Milk Creek Battlefield Park needs descriptive signs to complete this fascinating historic monument. Now your donation to the RBC Historical Society for this purpose will double in value. An anonymous donor has promised a 100 percent match for every dollar donated up to a total of $2,500. Donation jars can be found […]

Historical Society sponsored events

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society is sponsoring the following events during the 130th annual Range Call Celebration:

Milk Creek Battlefield tour July 3

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society will host a tour of the Milk Creek Battlefield Park at 10 a.m. on July 3.

Agri-tourism workshop set for June 2 in Meeker

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society is promoting local heritage and is inviting the public to attend an agri-tourism workshop on June 2 with Kelli Hepler, the director of Colorado agri-tourism, as guest speaker at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, 517 Park Ave. from 1 to 3 p.m.

Milk Creek Gazebo…

Jake Smith and Dillon Frantz were honored Monday at the Meeker High School awards assembly by the Rio Blanco County Historical Society for volunteer assistance with the construction and installation of the decorative railing and filigree at the Milk Creek (Thornburgh) Battleground Memorial gazebo on County Road 15. Industrial arts instructor Zach Clatterbaugh was also honored for the work as were Caleb Bradford, Ty Gibson, Dade Heck, Tyler Ilgen, Jake Nielsen, Cody Nielsen, Connor Pfister and Levi Dinwiddie.

Colorful Characters…

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society presented a history lesson and a couple of skits on Sunday afternoon, titled “Colorful Characters to RBC,” focusing on six well-known personalities who add to the history of our county: Calamity Jane, Eleanor Roosevelt, author Zane Grey, Theodore Roosevelt, Chief Colorow and local native-turned-actor Ken Sanderson, who went on to Hollywood and became  Buddy Roosevelt, before returning to Meeker in 1968 and dying in 1973. Meeker’s Gail Rogers portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in a skit.

Colorful characters…

On Sunday, April 12 Rio Blanco County Historical Society will present “Colorful Characters of RBC,” a fun character sketch of six colorful personalities who touched Rio Blanco County in days gone by: Teddy Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, Zane Grey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chief Colorow and movie star, Buddy Roosevelt (Kenneth Sanderson).
The luncheon is at 1 p.m. You are welcome to bring salad or dessert to share. RBCHS Board will provide cold cuts and homemade rolls. At 1:45 p.m. will be a brief business meeting, and from 2-3 p.m. will be an historical presentation.
The venue will be the Old West Heritage Culture Center at 517 Park Ave. next door to the museum complex. Everyone is welcome.

Museum seeks funds for military displays

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society has started a project to raise funds to improve the military uniform display at the White River Museum in Meeker. The RBCHS is raising funds to purchase mannequins and enhance the exhibits for the military displays in the museum. Marked change buckets will be distributed around Meeker […]

Historical society fundraiser begins to improve military displays

MEEKER | The Rio Blanco County Historical Society has started a project to raise funds to improve the military uniform display at the White River Museum in Meeker. The RBCHS is raising funds to purchase mannequins and enhance the exhibits for the military displays in the museum. Marked change buckets will be distributed around Meeker […]

Much to be done before Meeker area receives National Register tag – Part Two of Two

MEEKER I EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week we looked at the plan for the possible inclusion of part of downtown Meeker on the National Register of Historic places and the lack of forced restrictions on any property owner within the proposed district. This week, we look at the process, the grants and other funds available, the […]