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Rainbow Trout Lodge

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1925. Colorado 17, 35 miles west of Antonito

Texas oilman William B. Hamilton and some cronies built what they claimed was Colorado's largest log cabin. This two-story, hewn log lodge, with a double-faced fireplace of random-coursed smooth river rock, was built by local stonemason Jose Santiago Valdez. It was originally surrounded by several canvas-top cabins, which have been replaced by rustic log cabins. Nearby is the older Conejos Ranch, first homesteaded in 1894, with a two-story, hewn log lodge (c. 1910) set into a south-facing hillside above the Conejos River.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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

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