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 […]

RBCHS receives $132,728 grant for Coal Creek school

RBC I The Coal Creek School exterior restoration will become a reality this summer, made possible in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

RBCHS acquires building for Old West Heritage Culture Center site

This is a conceptual rendering by architect Aaron Young of New York City to transform the old building at Seventh and Park streets with white siding into a Heritage Culture Center with half log siding and windows to replicate the museum next door.

MEEKER I “What is ‘cultural heritage tourism,’ anyway?” someone asked recently. By definition of the National Trust it is: “Traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes historic, cultural and natural resources.”

RBCHS annual meeting …


Approximately 25 members of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society attended the group’s annual meeting Sunday at Richards Hall at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker to review the last year, discuss projects for 2015 and to elect officers for the next year.

Historical society annual meeting Sunday

RBC | The annual meeting of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society will be held Sunday in Richards Hall at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker.

RBCHS seeks younger members during drive

RBC I Youth is very much a vital part of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society. Even though senior adults make up the largest percentage of the membership, young people are closely tied to many programs, outreaches and efforts.

Author of hunting book that includes local stories and photos to be part of RBCHS annual meeting

The white buck of Meeker is featured in Reneau’s book along with dozens of other area people and animals. The white buck is on permanent display in the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife office in Meeker.

MEEKER I Author Susan Reneau will give a short presentation at the White River Museum in Meeker from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday about the hunting stories and photographs she has collected for her hunting book, “Colorado’s Biggest Bucks and Bulls.”

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 […]