Hayden native to hold book signing at museum

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Stories about Farrington Carpenter abound.

As a lawyer, politician, rancher and federal land manager, "Ferry," as his friends called him, was always at the center of goings on in Northwest Colorado.

When Ferry died in 1980 at age 94, his son, Edward Carpenter, ended up with 10 boxes of documents about his father.

It took him a while, but a few years ago, Edward Carpenter put all that information into a book about his father.

"With all the information I had, I figured I might just as well put it to use," he said. "My kids egged me on quite a bit."

The book, "America's First Grazier: The Biography of Farrington R. Carpenter," was published in 2004.

Carpenter, who was raised on the famous Carpenter Ranch near Hayden, now lives in Grand Junction. He will be in Craig at 2 p.m. Friday for a book signing at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The autograph session is free and open to the public.

Carpenter said he plans to sing some cowboy songs and talk about his dad.

"We'll tell a few stories about my dad," Carpenter said.

Some of those stories could be about Ferry's time as director of the Division of Grazing, a precursor to the Bureau of Land Management.

The division and its 52 grazing districts set up grazing policies to better manage the millions of acres of public lands in the West.

"(Ferry's) efforts in setting the stage for conservation of the vast public domain was one of the most outstanding feats in the conservation world," the book states.

Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colo--rado, said Ferry's work as a lawyer, politician and land manager means he affected a lot of people in the region.

"He just did all sorts of things," Davidson said.

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