Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pawnee Buttes II

The area is fairly rugged. This is looking Northwest.

To the Southwest the terrain eases. There was a lot of moisture in the air. Usually from here you can see 100+ miles and the Colorado Front Range from Longs Peak to Pikes Peak.

Air Force veterans will recognize these installations scattered throughout the area. May they never be used.
The area was once populated by homesteaders eeking out a meager living. Dry land farming isn't for the weak or faint of heart. The Great Depression and Dust Bowl era put an end to that. The government took over the abandoned homestead, destroyed any structures, and created the Pawnee Grasslands by letting everything go back to nature. The program was controversial. 
 http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPwhQoY6IeDdGCqCPOBqwDLG-AAjgb6fh75ua

A large number of the homesteaders were Germans from Russia. The descendants still strive to keep the culture alive. While I find them just a trifle full of themselves, their festivals do have some damn good grub.
 http://www.weldcounty150.org/PeopleofWeldCounty/GermansFromRussiaInColorado.html

A few of the homesteads survived. You can spot them by the surviving trees. In many cases, newer, more modern buildings have been built around the originals. 
This is the end of the tour. Thank you for your interest and I hope you enjoyed it.
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