'Trust a handshake'


Turner du Pont moved to Craig three years ago, and continued his business of manufacturing soft goods such as back packs and river gear.

He takes custom orders and operates Pack Rat Threadworks out of his home. He's been sewing and selling these items for six years, first in Steamboat Springs.

He said business has been slow, mainly because he has been helping his wife, Sandra Gardner, a local attorney, remodel her office.

He said he likes Craig because of the accessibility to recreation, particularly white water rafting, one of his favorite hobbies.

"(Craig's) got a lot lower taxes than Routt County," du Pont said.

However, he has a concern about Craig's future.

"I often wonder what they're going to do after the coal mines' down."

He is unsure how the city would support itself when the mines are nonexistent.

Du Pont and his wife expect to stay in the area for awhile.

"We are looking at building something out in the country," he said.

He likes the slower pace of life here, noting that Steamboat Springs is becoming too busy with the high volume of tourists.

"(Craig is) really down to earth," he said. "It's like you can trust a handshake here."

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