'Mantle Ranch' signing Saturday

Growing up in the Yampa Canyon in the 1930s and '40s was, at times, filled with incredible hardships, Queeda Mantle Walker writes in her book.

But living in the rugged canyon in western Moffat County also had its own brand of joy and fulfillment, Walker writes.

Walker, who lives in Boulder, will be in Craig Saturday to sign her book, "The Mantle Ranch: A family's joys and sorrows in the beautiful, remote Yampa canyon."

The signing and reading is at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The book tells the story of Walker's mother, Evelyn, and her father, Charley, and their life in the canyon. The Mantles built a schoolhouse in the remote canyon and hired a teacher for their five children. The Mantle children continued their education at schools in Colorado and Utah.

Walker graduated from the University of Colorado at Boul--der in 1954.

Walker said she expects most of the people at the signing will already have read the book, so she will share some stories about life in canyon that aren't in the book.

Walker said she might share stories about how her mother cooked three meals a day for Walker, her four brothers and her father. "I think it will be fun," Walker said.

Museum director Dan David--son said the book has been a popular item since it came out in April.

The story of the Mantles and their ranch in the bottom of the canyon is one that people really seem to enjoy, Davidson said.

"The Mantles are heavily involved in Moffat County folklore," he said.

The book's publisher, Fred Pruett of Fred Pruett Books, said the book has been one of the most popular he has worked on, selling about 2,000 copies since April.

The story of the Mantles really resonates with a regional audience, he said.

"It's kind of an old-fashioned Western story," he said.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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