Sheep wagons: From Old West function to New West fashion

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Sheep wagons: From Old West function to New West fashion

Steve Simos of Maybell helped start a legacy of Greek-American sheep ranchers in northwestern Colorado.
A sheep wagon with a label on the door painted HOME is indeed home for this young Peruvian sheepherder grazing flocks in mountain meadows.
Davin Montoya, with his wife, Theresa, and grandsons, Issac and Eli, is cleaning out this historic sheep wagon. For years, mice had the run of the wagon.
Two modern sheep wagons on the Flat Tops Mountains of the White River National Forest near Clark Ridge north of New Castle.
With a variety of conveniences, including propane cook stoves and solar panels for lights, Wilson Camps made in Midway, Utah, are highly popular. Orders for new wagons can take years to fill.
The posh interior of a Wilson Camp includes a comfortable bed and plenty of sturdy shelving. Manufacturer Mark Wilson says his camps are so well built they can be kept warm with just propane lighting at 30 below zero.
Lou Wyman stands in front on an historic family sheep wagon at the Wyman Living History Museum near Craig. Note the metal strap to secure a wash basin to the bottom door.
Herders use modern sheep wagons in in the Routt National Forest west of Yampa.
Mark Wilson brings one of his new sheep wagons to the annual Sheep Dog Trials in Meeker held each September.
Davin Montoya sits in the shee pwagon he recently bought from the Farmer family. He knows he has many hours ahead of restoration work. “My wife says I’ve got too damn many projects,” he laughs.
Gary Kroft of Glade Park restores old sheep wagons and has built 80 new ones in the smaller “antique” style, such as this Gypsy Wagon, which is rented out every night of the year at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs between Carbondale and Marble. “The people who stay in them are adventurous souls. We try not to have tall people in them because the beds are exactly 6 feet wide,” says Molly Jacober of Avalanche Ranch.
An historic sheep wagon at the White River Museum of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society in Meeker has an elaborately carved double door and a unique use of deer antlers.
The historic sheep wagon recently purchased by Davin Montoya has a pullout drawer for storing flour.
Historic sheep wagons can be seen on display at the Wyman Living History Museum near Craig. A sheepherder often spent days alone tending a band of about 1,000 sheep.
Historic sheep wagons can be seen on display at the Wyman Living History Museum near Craig. A sheepherder often spent days alone tending a band of about 1,000 sheep.

Sheep wagons: From Old West function to New West fashion

Steve Simos of Maybell helped start a legacy of Greek-American sheep ranchers in northwestern Colorado.
A sheep wagon with a label on the door painted HOME is indeed home for this young Peruvian sheepherder grazing flocks in mountain meadows.
Davin Montoya, with his wife, Theresa, and grandsons, Issac and Eli, is cleaning out this historic sheep wagon. For years, mice had the run of the wagon.
Two modern sheep wagons on the Flat Tops Mountains of the White River National Forest near Clark Ridge north of New Castle.
With a variety of conveniences, including propane cook stoves and solar panels for lights, Wilson Camps made in Midway, Utah, are highly popular. Orders for new wagons can take years to fill.
The posh interior of a Wilson Camp includes a comfortable bed and plenty of sturdy shelving. Manufacturer Mark Wilson says his camps are so well built they can be kept warm with just propane lighting at 30 below zero.
Lou Wyman stands in front on an historic family sheep wagon at the Wyman Living History Museum near Craig. Note the metal strap to secure a wash basin to the bottom door.
Herders use modern sheep wagons in in the Routt National Forest west of Yampa.
Mark Wilson brings one of his new sheep wagons to the annual Sheep Dog Trials in Meeker held each September.
Davin Montoya sits in the shee pwagon he recently bought from the Farmer family. He knows he has many hours ahead of restoration work. “My wife says I’ve got too damn many projects,” he laughs.
Gary Kroft of Glade Park restores old sheep wagons and has built 80 new ones in the smaller “antique” style, such as this Gypsy Wagon, which is rented out every night of the year at Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs between Carbondale and Marble. “The people who stay in them are adventurous souls. We try not to have tall people in them because the beds are exactly 6 feet wide,” says Molly Jacober of Avalanche Ranch.
An historic sheep wagon at the White River Museum of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society in Meeker has an elaborately carved double door and a unique use of deer antlers.
The historic sheep wagon recently purchased by Davin Montoya has a pullout drawer for storing flour.
Historic sheep wagons can be seen on display at the Wyman Living History Museum near Craig. A sheepherder often spent days alone tending a band of about 1,000 sheep.
Historic sheep wagons can be seen on display at the Wyman Living History Museum near Craig. A sheepherder often spent days alone tending a band of about 1,000 sheep.
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