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MCTA approves $1,500 for tourist stops

Collin Smith

Craig resident Carol Jacobson is embarrassed.

There are no signs up for people at areas around Craig, although there are “Point of Interest” signs directing traffic to pull over and take a gander at where signs used to be.

“Lo the many years I’ve lived in Craig, there have been no signs in and outside of Craig at Iles Grove, Fortification Rock or on the Moffat County line east of Craig,” Jacobson told the Moffat County Tourism Association board. “I think it reflects very poorly on a community that cannot, or has no interest in, taking care of its signs.”

MCTA board members agreed, and said the least they could do is provide the information for people, because those sites are recognized tourist stops.

The board approved up to $1,500 for sign designs and materials, and plans are underway – plans overseen by Jacobson – to get the signs up in the next couple of months.

Iles Grove – a short distance south on state Highway 13 – is one of the last remaining “treesteads” in the region. Whereas most original settlers homesteaded and had to keep so much livestock on their land to keep it, treestead agreements forced the prospective landowner to plant so many trees on the land.

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Fortification Rock, an isolated rock formation north of town also on Highway 13, showcases examples of Native American petroglyphs.

Jacobson collected bids from local businesses, and Identity Graphics had the lowest price among those that had time to take on the work.

Each sign panel at the three destination stops will have a historical photo printed on it, as well as maps and other informational items. Museum of Northwest Colorado officials will create the signs’ information.

Jacobson said they will be guaranteed for 10 years, though she did not know the full lifespan of the materials.

Jacobson said she was grateful for MCTA’s help with getting visitor information out about the interesting places around the county. It’s important to show visitors that Moffat County thinks enough of its local landmarks to take care of them.

“I just think it embodies our community,” Jacobson said.

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