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Big Horn Ranch

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1903. 1 mile west of Cowdrey on Jackson County 6W along the Union Pacific Railroad and North Platte River

Colorado industrial tycoon Charles Boettcher established this ranch in 1903. The most conspicuous building is one of the largest stock barns in the West, a 100-footlong, L-shaped frame barn with a red-painted exterior under a gambrel roof. The loft accommodated community dances and parties. The Big Horn Land and Cattle Company, a 100,000-acre spread, is one of the state's largest and best-known outfits. This well-kept complex in a verdant meadow along the North Platte includes a hewn log cabin among numerous frame outbuildings.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 221-221.

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