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After beginning as a cluster of homesteads, Yampa (1894, 7,892 feet) emerged as a hub for the cattle, lumber, and coal industries. The still active Yampa Lumber Mill retains an old-fashioned horror for environmentalists—two of the metal cone kilns for burning sawdust that were once common throughout Colorado. The Amanda Fix House (c. 1890), 1st and Main streets, is a mansard-roofed Second Empire house that remains the fanciest residence in town. The Royal (formerly the Rio) Hotel (c. 1900), Moffat Avenue, is a large board-and-batten building behind a false front. The Van Camp Homestead Log Cabin (1883), Moffat Avenue, served as the Yampa Hotel, stage station, and livery for many years.

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Thomas J. Noel

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