Chuck Mack: Craig in 1909


This growing and prosperous town is located 48 miles west of Steamboat Springs. Ideally situated as it is, in the beautiful Valley of the Bear River, at an altitude of about 6,000 feet above sea level, and sheltered by the surrounding hills from severe storms, it is indeed an ideal place of residence.

It is about halfway between the cities of Denver and Salt Lake City, on the Moffat road survey in the very center of the mineral and agricultural wealth of the county. At present, it is a town of about 500 inhabitants, occupying a most attractive town site and its inhabitants are active, hospitable, progressive men and women of the best type.

There are two churches - Congressional and Christian - a high school with competent teachers, two banks, with deposits of more than $100,000, three general stores, three hotels, two livery and feed stables, two drugstores, an up-to-date hospital, four doctors, one dentist, two attorneys, opera house, two telephone exchanges, one progressive weekly newspaper, a well conducted bowling alley, and several other businesses. Lumber for building purposes is obtained from the mountains, 25 miles north.

Craig is a good outfitting point for the hunter, fisherman, tourist or prospector, all of whom can pursue their quest with pleasure and profit. Large and small game and fish are to be had within easy reach of the town, and as a place to spend a vacation in the full enjoyment of outdoor life, in delightful surroundings, Craig is unexcelled.

Opportunities are abundant for the businessman, investor, stock man or farmer. There is no reasonable doubt of making a success in the investment of capital in any part of Routt County. One million acres of the best land in the west are awaiting the coming of the intelligent farmer, and there are thousands of acres of coal and mineral lands to be had at prices that will astonish the investor, and will be looked back upon in five years from now as insignificant compared with their true value. Government land is available for either homestead or desert entry, and several great opportunities are open for capital to be invested in irrigation enterprises in Western Routt County.

Craig as the junction point of two great railroads, the Moffat road between Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Union Pacific branch from Wamsutter, Wyo., in the center of a vast territory containing unlimited undeveloped natural resources offers a rare opportunity for an investment. Town property can be purchased at very reasonable figures and whether he be a man with a few hundred dollars, or one who counts his money by thousands, he can find in Craig an opportunity of placing his wealth as sure and certain as anything can be, of realizing on his investment, large or small perhaps tenfold within but a very few years.

There never was, there never will be, a better time for investment. "To get in on the ground floor." As, they expressed is to lay the foundation of future independence, possibly affluence, therefore we confidentially recommend Western Routt County and Craig, its metropolis, to all who are looking for a chance which will never occur again in Colorado. The natural and climatic conditions cannot be surpassed; the qualities and possibilities of the land cannot be excelled.

Settlements in Western Routt County, which will be developed into towns and cities after the advent of the railroads are taking visible shape in no uncertain manner. Craig is destined to become the hub of all future activity.

In 1909 Craig still was located in Routt County - the county not being divided until 1911. And of course, the Wamsutter-Craig railroad never materialized out of the planning stage. The Moffat road reached Craig in October of 1913.


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