My Aunt on my Dad’s side of the family is an amazing woman. She is the family historian, researching where our ancestors lived and what they did. She’s found some very cool facts about my dad’s side of the family that go back to pre-1900 Colorado. A few years ago she and my uncle flew out to visit me when I lived in Nederland. We first visited a few relatives headstones in the Jamestown Cemetery, then drove by an old homestead that’s now preserved as a Boulder County Conservation Easement. Then we drove some hours south and searched for her grandfather’s homestead outside South Fork and Del Norte at the base of Wolf Creek Pass in southwest Colorado. With my mapping skills we found the land as well as the old farmhouse of his to-be wife’s property. The old tiny school house was right down the road. They raised cattle on the land and it’s still used as a private ranch today so we got to walk around and see it like my great great grandfather saw it.
Recently when she was researching her father who had bought a stagecoach station in Denver decades ago, she discovered her two uncles had opened a bike shop in 1911 in Denver called “Boot Cycle”. Their last name was Boot. They later converted to an auto shop that is still there. The bike shop carried Reading brand bicycles sourced from the UK. Just fun to share some roots in bikes and Colorado!
The photos are from http://www.nostalgic.net/1910-reading-standard