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1931. 20900 Colorado 17, 20 miles west of Antonito

Eighteen rustic cabins along the Conejos River are clustered around a two-story, hewn log lodge with gable roof and shed additions. The lodge's sunken corner fireplace of rubblestone is surrounded by rustic rocking chairs, on a ground floor whose unevenness is attributed to winter heaving. Complex roof framing highlights a slab-sided addition at the southwest corner with a south sun-room bay that has been extended to the second floor. A stairway of half logs, with a balustrade of peeled branches, leads to the upstairs living quarters. The 15-acre dude ranch was started by Gladys, Dutch, and Hazel Menke, daughters of a local businessman. Two of them briefly basked in vaudeville glory on Broadway and later brought entertainment stars to their ranch as guests and performers.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Menkhaven", [Antonito, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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