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Light House

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1905, Elmer and Thomas Baer, builders. 204 Park Ave.

Francis Marion Light founded Light and Sons Western Wear (1905), 826–830 Lincoln Avenue, and made it the best-known emporium in northwestern Colorado. Light's Burma Shave–style mustard yellow highway signs extend even into northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. A Missouri farmer and schoolteacher, Light arrived in Steamboat Springs with a wife, seven children, and a dog, who all helped staff the store. The Lights' two-story clapboard house complete with Tuscan porch posts may have been mail ordered from Sears, Roebuck. It sits on a hill as the centerpiece of the family ranch amid some surviving outbuildings in what is now the Deerfoot Artspark subdivision. A son, Wayne Light, author of My First Eighty-One Years, lived in the house after his father's death and sold off much of the surrounding acreage.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Light House", [Steamboat Springs, 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, 524-524.

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