VILLA RANCH–1915 Meeker, Rio Blanco County Mathias and Sigrid Villa homesteaded on Strawberry Creek near Meeker in 1915. They built a cabin that still stands today. Over the next 30 years they acquired five adjoining properties. The Villas and their five children grew grain and hay and raised livestock. Sigrid sold butter and eggs, and […]
Milk Creek Battlefield Park Tour – July 3rd, 1:00 p.m. Meet at Garrison next door to White River Museum (565 Park Ave) to hear the story of the last Native American Indian and Army battle in America. Convoy up to the site with educational stops on the way to the actual battle location – 17 […]
1883-1889 After the departure of the military, early residents of Meeker and the surrounding areas were, for the most part, either directly or indirectly engaged in ranching. Ranchers managed herds on the rich lands surrounding Meeker, but the town operated as their supply headquarters. In many cases the ranchers faced a day of travel to […]
This photo shows the downtown buildings on Main Street between 5th and 6th Street in 1907. As the years have gone by, businesses have moved from one building to another all around the square and up and down Main Street and Park Ave, but most of the buildings still stand today ready to tell a […]
Historic Meeker still boasts many of the original buildings from the turn of the century. The Downtown Walking Tour, as shown below marks 30 points of interest that include some of these first buildings. Walking tour guides are sold at the White River Museum, 565 Park Ave, for $3.00.
Main Street between 6th and 5th Street, looking west. Photo courtesy of Sparky Pappas. Narrative written by Robert D. Amick (Fourth Generation Meeker/RBC Native) The Meeker Cafe sign of that era (as show in the above photo) was replaced with a newer […]
After years of developing the battlefield park which marks the graves of Army soldiers and Native American warriors who were in battle on this historic site one hundred and thirty six years ago this month [Sept 29-Oct 6, 2015], Rio Blanco County Historical Society hosted a dedication to commemorate the historic site improvements and the […]
One of the oldest and most historical buildings in Meeker, Colorado is the Meeker Hotel and Cafe. The story is told of Susan Wright who came to Meeker in 1883 from South Carolina and was the founder of this fine establishment. Susan Wright was the operator from 1883 until her premature death in 1893. At […]