RBCHS offers historical views of Trappers Lake

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society invites everyone to join the group for “Remembering Trappers Lake: A Historic Presentation” on Sunday afternoon at Kilowatt Korner.

Social Saturday to benefit restoration of Coal Creek School

phBUFCoalCreekSchool in 1896

BUFORD I More than 30 years ago, when Janet Clark first came to reside along County Road 6, she remembers recognizing the stately old building as an abandoned school. Now she is spearheading the Rio Blanco County Historical Society committee that is restoring Coal Creek School as an educational and interpretive center for community and […]

Buford benefit to help county’s oldest school

The Coal Creek School was the first rural school in the area. The current building was built in 1892 and still stands at its original site. The Rio Blanco County Historical Society plans to preserve and restore the one-room schoolhouse to its original appearance. Phase one of the project will be to reinforce and weather-proof the exterior to prevent further deterioration. A fund-raising Box Social and Dessert Auction will be held at the Buford School on Aug. 30 from 5-9 p.m. to generate funds needed for repairs.

RBC I The Coal Creek School on County Road 6 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties on July 18. In 1884, Coal Creek School, the first rural school in the area, was started in a log cabin about a half-mile east of where the […]

Historical society has its quarterly meeting; reviews old local music

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society had its quarterly meeting on Sunday at Kilowatt Korner in Meeker and the main topic of the well-attended meeting was “Local Music History.” Above, a couple of those in attendance were Mary K. Krueger, who performed and who brought some historical facts and instruments to the meeting, and Shirley Taylor, right, the daughter of musicians Sherm and Deltha Taylor.

MEEKER I The quarterly meeting of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society drew large attendance from the community to reminisce about the early days of music in our valley.

Historical society offers Saturday tour of Milk Creek Battle site

MEEKER I After White River Indian Agent Nathan Meeker plowed up the Ute’s racetrack and tensions escalated, Meeker called for military assistance from the nearest fort, and Major Thomas T. Thornburgh and his 150 troops were dispatched from Fort Fred Steele in Wyoming. They rode south and crossed Milk Creek some 18 miles northeast of […]

Re-enactment resurrects Meeker bank robbery

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s claims to fame was the dramatic attempted robbery of the Bank of Meeker on Oct. 13, 1896.

Old Timer’s 102nd gathering is on Saturday

RBC I Rio Blanco County Pioneers Association co-presidents Sandra Bradfield and Robert Amick extend their personal invitation and warmest welcome to pioneers and guests attending the 102nd Anniversary Centennial Plus-2 celebration of the Old Timer’s Reunion on Saturday at the Freeman E. Fairfield Center, 200 Main St.

Meeker museum cleanup set for May 3

MEEKER I A thorough spring cleaning is in store for the White River Museum Garrison from 1-3 p.m. on May 3.

Appreciation Tea to be held for Shimko Feb. 22

Sandy Shimko

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society Board and museum members are grateful for Sandy Shimko’s 13 years of dedicated, dependable service. In light of her recent resignation, there will be an Appreciation Tea in the lobby of the Meeker Hotel on Feb. 22. Everyone is invited to come by between 2 and 4 […]

MACC brings Abe back for another performance Feb. 18

MEEKER I To commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the presidency and life history of Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s greatest presidents, the Meeker Arts and Cultural Council (MACC) and the Rio Blanco County Historical Society (RBCHS) will jointly sponsor an encore performance by John Voehl of Littleton in mid-February.

Lincoln to return to Meeker

MEEKER I To commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the presidency and life of Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s greatest presidents, the Meeker Arts and Cultural Council (MACC) and the Rio Blanco County Historical Society (RBCHS) will jointly sponsor an encore performance by John Voehl of Littleton in mid-February.

Museum, RBCHS invited to join event

MEEKER I “Good history is best told by more than one voice,” states the Museum of Western Colorado (MWC). In that spirit, the MWC staff invited history institutions from around the Western Slope to help tell the story of our heritage.