Frank Hicken Story

2017-07-29T12:40:01+00:00July 29th, 2017|

By Frank Hicken I, Benjamin Franklin Hicken, better known as Frank, was born March 10, 1903, in St. Louis, Missouri. My father was killed the same year, working on the railroad. My mother moved to Denver after that, and the four of us boys were placed in the Orphan’s Home, as our mother’s health failed […]

The Story of Our Newspaper at History Camp

2017-06-19T06:31:18+00:00June 19th, 2017|

Thursday, June 15, 2017 was “Newspaper” Day at History Camp! With 37 excited kids divided up into two groups rotating from a historic power point presentation to a tour at the museum to an activity in making their own front page news – the kids learned about James Lyttle the founder of the newspaper, how […]

Mountain Man: Joe Meek

2016-05-27T12:14:19+00:00May 27th, 2016|

For some fifteen years — roughly speaking, 1823 to 1838, the western U.S. was the domain of the mountain men, fur trappers who spent years traveling and living in the wilderness. Long before wagon trains, settlers, gold rushes, cavalry, Indian wars, cowboys, wild west towns, or railroads, mountain men were the first from the U.S. […]

Stagecoach Days

2015-12-07T11:55:34+00:00December 7th, 2015|

Meeker’s version of the “Express Train”. W.E. Saltmarsh was the ticket agent in Meeker for the Denver and Rio Grand R.R. Mr. Saltmarsh is seated on the ground with the dog.                 Edwin Collom, obtained a job in 1875 carrying U.S. Mail on horseback between Rawlins and The […]

James Budge

2015-11-23T12:33:37+00:00November 23rd, 2015|

JAMES BUDGE “It is a matter of common observations and general human experience that to a great extent the circumstances of his birth and rearing shape the man and determine largely his course through life. The sailor is oftenest born beside the heaving ocean which he makes his future home, the ardent advocate of liberty […]

The Meeker Hotel

2015-08-24T17:16:09+00:00August 24th, 2015|

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 […]

Some interesting dates, activities of the Meeker area

2015-08-24T16:37:56+00:00August 24th, 2015|

By Rich Lyttle Special to the Herald Times MEEKER — This column deals with some interesting activities that occurred in the area that were gleaned from Meeker Herald files or from “This is What I Remember” volumes published by the White River Historical Society. 1868 — First Indian agency in this area was located at […]

Meeker History

2015-08-24T16:26:21+00:00August 24th, 2015|

“In 1868, Major John Wesley Powell, his wife, and about 20 others came to the valley and established winter quarters in this wide-open space, now called Powell Park. The first Indian Agency was established here a year later, nine miles east of the present town. Nathan Meeker arrived as the Indian agent in 1878, determined […]

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