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Walter Lieber and George Grant standing in front of farm equipment and shed on Norman Ranch. The Norman Ranch (between Burns and McCoy) became the Orhmand Hurt Ranch in the 1950's. George Grant was the father of Laurene Knupp. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Six people sitting on port of "Thirteen" house, Burns, Colorado. From left to right: Frank Benton, Marie Durbin Bainum (cousin to Grace), Grace Benton (Mrs. Frank), T. Harry Benton (son), unidentified man, Charles Mann. (The latter two men are from the Mann Livestock Commission Co.) [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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Albert Gates [born 1844], older brother of James P. Gates, standing with his daughter Anna [born 1882]. "He had the urge to move west and liked the sound of sunny California. He settled there around 1890." -- The Gates Genealogy.
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Photo postcard, hand colored, 15799: Looking down the Colorado River at Burns, Colo., on the Dotsero Cutoff. Caption on verso: "'The Pagodas' in Red Canon, Colorado River. The Dotsero Cutoff, 38.1 miles long, is the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad's latest construction, connecting Dotsero, 17 miles east of Glenwood Springs, with Orestod, on the Moffat Road. This reduces the distance 175 miles from Denver to Glenwood Springs, Salt Lake City...
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A grouping of the Gates women during the summer. Back row, from left: Clark Gates' wife, Grace; Walter Gates' wife, Grace; Mary Middle row: Ruth, Nona, Eva and Martha Front row: Berta, Marie and Edith
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Lower grades at Burns School District #9, 1954-1955 school year. Teacher was Irma Wilson (Hofmann). Back row: Berta Russell, Mary Fox, Jim Bratton, Earl Skiles, Buddy Spencer Front row: Buddy Russell, Lonny Russell, Marilyn Fox Spencer, Caralee River, Gary Russell not pictured: Terry Nunn, Martha Fox Spencer
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"Slide" hay stacker, used until the 1960's, on the Benton Ranch near Burns, Colorado, 1989.
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From left, Clark and Walter Gates going on a camping and hunting trip. Clark is "probably scanning the countryside for elk." -- The Gates Genealogy
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The home place at the Benton Ranch, built in 1914.
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One of the 13 cabins built by a man from Chicago by the name of Kenner who came to the Burns area each summer in the 1890's. The place was known as "Thirteen." The log cabin has a very ornate window and a sod roof. "Thirteen" was bought by Frank Benton in 1907. Mr. Benton took the windows and built them into his frame house, still on the ranch in Burns. [Title supplied from catalog prepared by the Eagle County Historical Society.]
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From left, Clark Gates, Bert Gates (standing) and cousin Walter Gates cooking during a hunting trip. Pork and Beans were definitely on the menu.
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Tree Marking Navajo Indian grave near Burns, Colorado, in 1989.
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Franklin Pierce Forster at the age of 6, before his family left Iowa for the West.
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Walter Gates with his wife, Grace, during a Colorado visit. "Walter and Grace were always very well dressed and very friendly. They rode horses but did not take much part in the ranch acitivities. They were very presentable and meticulous in their dress, but were not pompous in any way." -- Bettie Gates in The Gates Geneaology.
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From left, Clark Gates, Bert Gates (seated) and cousin Walter Gates in the yard.
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A photo postcard of Henry Owens, standing, and Lemley Gates at the top of the mesa when building the Derby Mesa Road, circa 1923. The men are clearing rock and debris after the road skid has passed.
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The branding crew at the "Edge" corral on the Benton Ranch in the 1930s.One young mounted cowboy and four others are lined up for the photo; the firewood is in the foreground; cattle are behind the men.
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"The trail drive to Wolcott, Colorado (the nearest shipping point from Burns, Colorado) was always an exciting time, eating and sleeping on the trail. But it also meant lots of hard work and long hours. Frank Gates (Dad) told his son George Albert "Bud" Gates that he was 12 years old before he was allowed to go on the trail drive. He was so excited." -- The Gates Genealogy
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The Derby Mesa Schoolhouse, Burns, Colorado, in 1980, being used as a private residence. The front of the school has had an addition at the front door with a roof overhang. The house number reads 13060. Gaylord Clark taught in this school from 1933-1935.
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Mary Wurtsmith examines two graves near Burns, Colorado in 1989. The graves are across the road and up the hill from the Detwiller place, four miles N.E. of Burns on county road 301. The surrounding fence has collapsed One grave is marked "McMillan-Maida," born Julyl 4, and died September, 14 months later from eating chokecherries probably pits and all. She was Joe Albertson's mother's sister, Joe's aunt. The other is marked "Francis Maley," who...