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Home > Colorado > Dolores vicinity > Dolores River Area Survey (Ranches), Dolores, Montezuma County, CO



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Location
Dolores vicinity, CO

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CO-35
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-10).
Significance: Permanent settlement of the Delores River Valley in southwestern Colorado occurred relatively late in the State's history, awaiting the arrival of the railroad and the removal of the Ute Indians. Assured of easy access to lumber and the fuel necessary for survival and guaranteed cheap, reliable outlet for products, settlers first began ranching in the valley in the late 1870s. The area experienced a short-lived second growth of economic activity in 1924 with the construction of the lumber company town McPhee. Economic reversals caused the closing and abandonment of McPhee in 1948 with the majority of the town's structures being relocated in surrounding communities. Restricted by the narrow valley, ranching was destined to remain small scale and family operated.

Subjects
Homesteading
Cattle Industry
Grain Industry


Related Names
May, Richard
Johnson, Charlie
Morgan, H. F.
National Forest Service
Civilian Conservation Corps
Wiesenthal, Steven M., Delineator
Dishman, Linda, Historian
Gerhold, Maureen L., Historian
Mausolf, Lisa B., Historian
Brown, Debra J., Delineator
Insinga, David J., Delineator
Hurst, Deborah Rehn, Delineator
White, John P., Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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