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 […]

National Historic District Registry News

2019-12-13T03:05:21+00:00June 19th, 2017|

  National Historic District Nomination Advances by Bob Amick, Chair, Meeker National Historic District Task Force Meeker National Historic District consultant Carl McWilliams, renowned Principal of Cultural Resource Historians reports that the extensive research and documentation for the nomination of the downtown Meeker area as a National Historic District [NHD] is progressing on schedule. McWilliams […]

Lester Burns Mysterious Disappearance

2015-08-08T14:13:42+00:00August 8th, 2015|

LESTER BURNS MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARS IN THE UP-RIVER COUNTRY Last Seen Sunday Morning at K-T Summer Camp Near Snell Creek August 7, 1931 – Herald Times Searching parties have been combing the upper country all week in an effort to locate Lester Burns who was last seen Sunday morning when he walked away from the K-T […]

Native Bragging Rights by Rob Carrigan

2015-04-21T17:26:56+00:00April 21st, 2015|

“A woman in Denver once looked at me kind of funny and asked me about the way I talk. “Where are you from?,” she said. “I don’t recognize your accent.” She seemed a bit embarrassed upon learning the truth. I’m from Colorado — a third-generation native. Maybe it was my reference to the “crick” rather […]

Coal Creek School Headed to Historic Preservation!

2014-08-12T10:30:30+00:00August 12th, 2014|

Coal Creek School was approved and added to the Rio Blanco County Historical Register, January 2014. Also, the Rio Blanco Rural School Research Committee, led by Janet Clark, was approved for a historical preservation assessment grant which served to begin the process of historic preservation! As this is the first rural school in Rio Blanco […]

Riley: Fred Riley Story – Growing Up in White River Valley

2014-01-12T10:45:30+00:00January 12th, 2014|

By Fred Riley as recorded in This Is What I Remember, Volume  II (Books available for purchase at White River Museum) Fred Riley, who was the son of T.D. and Louise Riley remembers in 1885, when he was only four years old, his folks moved to the Colorado White River Valley, where the town of […]

Collins: Charlie Collins Story

2014-01-12T10:39:09+00:00January 12th, 2014|

Charley worked for Tom Kilduff on the K-T Ranch. In the winter when the weather was very cold, Charley taught the other cowboys and his boss to apply thick oil to their boots, then dip them in the stock tank or a creek while they were wearing them. They would dip the boots then take […]

White Rock Rural School

2013-11-21T14:32:43+00:00November 21st, 2013|

Initially school was held in a homesteader’s cabin.  The summer of 1915 logs from Saw Mill Mountain were seen going through town and up Strawberry Creek for a new school which became known as White Rock School.  The school was named for the numerous white rocks in the vicinity.  Water was piped from a spring […]

Wilson Creek Rural School

2013-11-21T14:30:11+00:00November 21st, 2013|

In 1938 the Wilson Creek oil field was developed.  Following the move of families of Texas Oil Company employees, the need of a school was soon recognized.  The Wilson Creek School was established in 1944.  Mrs. Holland, County Superintendent of Schools, suggested the purchase of a small log building which was used as a school […]

Lower Strawberry Rural School

2013-11-21T14:25:47+00:00November 21st, 2013|

The Lower Strawberry School commencing in 1919, met in various homes and even a granary.  In 1921 a new log building 27 ½  by 40 feet was built large enough to hold all community gatherings.  The lower part of the porch was enclosed to keep out rattle snakes and skunks. The school yard was fenced […]

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