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Visitor Comes with His Story

The museum had a visit from Charles Smith of Lander, Wyoming. He picked up a Rimrocker's  Naturita book and pointed to a picture of his grandfather - Lou Lacher, who was an original Colorado Cooperative Company pioneer. Lou performed the historic feat of riding his bicycle across the 800' Cottonwood trestle (107' high), built by the ditch company.

When asked how he managed it Lou said, "It had a two by twelve plank on top of it and the flume was higher on the south side than it was on the north side because water has to run down hill. You don't have to peddle, you just get on it and start it and it will roll." 

Charles' father, Marcelle Smith, was also a historic figure - sent by the army to work on the WWII top secret Manhattan Project, in Uravan.


Murder At The Cashin Mine

A True Story of Murder, Mystery, and the Untamed Paradox Valley, Colorado

90 page book opens with Wild West Tales from the valley where "One Doc just wasn't enough", then transcribes the 1921 murder story of Slim Hecox as told in 2 Montrose newspapers over the course of 9 months. It's a gripping tale that held this remote outpost in fear until the mystery was solved and the murderers locked away.

$15 plus $5.00 shipping

Meet LLoyd Mowery, Joe Jr. Mill cook, c. 1920. No records of comments on the mess hall food. It was probably devoured fast and furious, and the cook was honored, no matter his skill level.

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