The Red Feather Historic Society took a tour of historic Glacier View on August 21, 2013, led by Lucille Schmitt and her daughter Cynthia Squarcia. Lucille and her family have been long term residents of Glacier View since the 1970’s when they lived in the LOX house and leased the Currie Ranch from the Development company who had purchased the ranch. Don Schmitt ran his own cattle on the ranch and Lucille was the first On-Site sales person for the new Glacier View Meadows. The Glacier View Sales office was moved from the LOX to the building where Western Ridge is now. After the building was further remodeled a restaurant and sales office coexisted for a number of years.
HISTORY OF GLACIER VIEW TOUR COMMENTS
Paula and Hugh Collins:
We found the history of land ownership very interesting and the location of the original Red Feather Road. We had never noticed the Adams cemetery at McNey hill, nor the grave marker across from Batterson’s barn. The old homestead houses that were still standing were fun to locate and see. The personal stories of those who lived in the area while growing up were delightful!
Most of it was new to me. I knew Don Weixelman and other investors had developed it, but didn’t know about homesteads being bought up. Knew of Adams cemetery but didn’t know where the town of Adams had been. Didn’t know that the old homestead cabins still existed.
I appreciated the giving way the two leaders told us everything they could remember so we could share in the development of Glacier View by the same investors who accumulated the properties so they could be divided into lots so we can enjoy the impressive outdoors available in Colorado without owning a whole ranch. I am familiar with the development of Crystal Lakes and Red Feather Lakes, but was unaware that the same hardy, adventurous folks came before us through great hardships.
Ed & Winnie Hanson:
We were interested in the location of Adams and the fact that the settlers keep moving the school house to be near the home of the children attending. The visit to the Adams Cemetery reveled one of the oldest stones of William W. Sloan born in 1813 and died in 1880. Many grave markers were made of wood and are now gone. The story of the cattle being branding at the Bush Homestead corral was so vivid.
Fred & Shirley Delano:
Shirley and I, from Kansas, are part-time residents in GVM for 3-4 months of the year. Learning the area history and immersion in the community is very important to us. We have visited the area each year since 1999 and owners since 2011. We would say that all of the information we experienced on the tour was in some way new and very informative. We knew the ‘legal’ and contractual history of the area development. We did not know the original settlement history.
We have acquired and read most of the books about the area, including “Those Crazy Pioneers”. The printed information, both fictional and factual, gives us a mental image. The tour allowed this image of the area and its history to come alive by personally seeing and hearing the history from those who lived the history. The tour allowed us to meet Lucille Schmitt, daughter Cid, and Diana Lustick. Likely we would not have had this opportunity if not for the tour.
By seeing and hearing the history of the old homes, the wagon tracks of the stage coach and homesteaders’ trail from Ft Collins, the ranchers’ split-rail cattle branding corrals, the Adams Ghost town, and the Adams cemetery, the tour provided an appreciation of the contribution the early homesteaders made to the Community we now know as GVM.
The dirt floored, non-modern log cabins preserved within our GVM Community reminded us life was not easy during the early years of forming a community. The wagon ruts remind us how the community has shrunken in spatial area with our network of all-weather roads. The comments by the tour leaders and other “old timers” tell of the reliance on neighbors and community then as we witness it today. Imagine how much progress we have made and how so much has changed. The pioneers of our community depended on each other and community was very important to them.
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