My sister and I today went to the Wheatridge, CO. Historical Park for Apple Cider Days, an annual event located on what was once our paternal Great Grandfather’s holdings. A cousin is the custodian/caretaker/manager, etc.
When our paternal Great Grandfather moved West from Kansas, he bought an existing sod house and acreage in what is now Wheatridge, CO., West of Denver.
In later years the city acquired some of the land for a park. The soddy was plastered to preserve it.
He then built a modern, for the times, brick house adjacent to the soddy. The property was a base for his operations into Northwest Colorado.
The soddy continued to be occupied. Our Grandfather and his family lived there from time to time.
The water table in the area is high, and the area was long grass prairie. The ground was fertile and vegetables for the Denver market were grown.
Some historical buildings have been moved to the site and a shed to store various artifacts of the early days. The place operates on a shoestring and the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
So nice to do something family linked that doesn’t include a visit to the family cemetery.