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Charles Summer Merrill in 1897. Merrill homesteaded the land at the site of today’s present Shadow Mountain Village in Craig.

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Museum of Northwest Colorado: A look at Shadow Mountain Village in 1918

Charles Merrill came to Northwest Colorado from Hartington, Neb., around 1904 and homesteaded land just west of Craig, where today’s Shadow Mountain is situated. In addition to his duties as cashier at the First National Bank of Craig, Merrill became actively involved in his new community. He joined the town’s baseball team, served a term as mayor of Craig and served as president of the Citizens Bank. In 1907, he married Elnora Green, daughter of pioneer homesteaders R.S. and Sarah Green.

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