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Museum of Northwest Colorado: Big spuds and a little ‘tater tot

Mary Pat Dunn

Young Richard (Dick) Stewart Robertson poses cheerfully near a pile of huge potatoes just harvested at the family homestead near Baker’s Peak, north of Craig. His mother, Alice, had filed for a homestead on her own, prior to her marriage in 1921.The photo shows a garden plot with corn stocks and other garden debris in the background.

Craig residents frequently bemoan the short growing season in Northwest Colorado and are elated when a long season happens along and a good crop of garden produce can be harvested in the fall. Fortunately for today's local residents there is always the grocery store to fall back on for needed victuals. For earlier residents of the county, however, the harvest in the fall was of great importance.

Young Richard (Dick) Stewart Robertson poses cheerfully near a pile of huge potatoes just harvested at the family homestead near Baker's Peak, north of Craig. His mother, Alice, had filed for a homestead on her own, prior to her marriage in 1921.The photo shows a garden plot with corn stocks and other garden debris in the background.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is always on the lookout for great photographs that tell stories, and the staff of the museum is grateful to Beth Robertson Gilchrist who recently donated scanned copies of her family's photograph collection. The Robertson family lived both at Lay Creek and up in the mountains near Baker Peak. The images brought in by Beth capture the everyday life of the Robertson family, whether it was milking the cow or posing for early day versions of silly "selfies."

Photographs can tell such wonderful stories and fill us in on details that might be missed in an oral history. The museum appreciates all the wonderful donors who have so generously shared their family snapshots with the museum. These images document life in Moffat County and frequently help us understand what daily life was like 50 or 60 years ago.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is located in downtown Craig at 590 Yampa Ave., and is open Monday through Saturday with free admission. For more information, call 970-824-6360 – and keep those photographs coming!