Inside the walls of time: In Hermosa, Fisher house carries 1890s legacy

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Inside the walls of time: In Hermosa, Fisher house carries 1890s legacy

The Charles Fisher House, built in 1891 in Hermosa, is one of the most historic properties in the Animas River Valley. Fisher opened the first brewery on the Western Slope in Howardsville. The house is well-maintained and virtually unaltered by descendants of the Herman Schulz family, who have owned it since 1956.
Doug Branch holds a sign advertising fruit that was raised on the property of the historic Fisher house in Hermosa when it was called Pomona Orchard, named after the Pomona Ditch.
The apple shed on the historic Fisher property in Hermosa includes the names and phone numbers of customers from generations ago penciled in on the shed’s interior walls.
Historic colored glass bottles in the formal dining room of the 1891 Fisher house give an extra touch to a room that has its original wooden floors, windows, doors and wooden trim.
The Hermosa property also includes an original ice house with walls stuffed with sawdust and chicken coops and sheds in disrepair. Many Hermosa farms and orchards provided fresh food for Durango and Silverton.
The historic 1891 Fisher house can be seen below the dramatic red cliffs in Hermosa. Fertile soils and abundant irrigation water created successful orchards that grew plenty of fruit and came to attract numerous bears.
The Charles Fisher House built in 1891 in Hermosa is one of the most historic properties in the Animas River Valley. Fisher opened the first brewery on the Western Slope in Howardsville. The house is well-maintained and virtually unaltered by descendants of the Herman Schulz family who have owned it since 1956.
Sunny and Doug Branch spend summers at their historic home near Hermosa Creek that they share with Sunny’s other sisters and lots of children and grandchildren. Doug, 85, has come from Texas to the property every summer since 1963.
From left, Susan Scheffer, Sunny Branch and Jeanne Hejl are three sisters who vacation together in Hermosa and love to tell stories of bears trying to get into the kitchen of their historic house through the back porch, which now has plywood instead of screens.
Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford

A hand-lettered sign offering cherries and pies is testament to the historic orchards found in Hermosa along County Road 202 and specifically to the former Pomona Orchard, which receives senior priority water rights from the Pomona Ditch.

Inside the walls of time: In Hermosa, Fisher house carries 1890s legacy

The Charles Fisher House, built in 1891 in Hermosa, is one of the most historic properties in the Animas River Valley. Fisher opened the first brewery on the Western Slope in Howardsville. The house is well-maintained and virtually unaltered by descendants of the Herman Schulz family, who have owned it since 1956.
Doug Branch holds a sign advertising fruit that was raised on the property of the historic Fisher house in Hermosa when it was called Pomona Orchard, named after the Pomona Ditch.
The apple shed on the historic Fisher property in Hermosa includes the names and phone numbers of customers from generations ago penciled in on the shed’s interior walls.
Historic colored glass bottles in the formal dining room of the 1891 Fisher house give an extra touch to a room that has its original wooden floors, windows, doors and wooden trim.
The Hermosa property also includes an original ice house with walls stuffed with sawdust and chicken coops and sheds in disrepair. Many Hermosa farms and orchards provided fresh food for Durango and Silverton.
The historic 1891 Fisher house can be seen below the dramatic red cliffs in Hermosa. Fertile soils and abundant irrigation water created successful orchards that grew plenty of fruit and came to attract numerous bears.
The Charles Fisher House built in 1891 in Hermosa is one of the most historic properties in the Animas River Valley. Fisher opened the first brewery on the Western Slope in Howardsville. The house is well-maintained and virtually unaltered by descendants of the Herman Schulz family who have owned it since 1956.
Sunny and Doug Branch spend summers at their historic home near Hermosa Creek that they share with Sunny’s other sisters and lots of children and grandchildren. Doug, 85, has come from Texas to the property every summer since 1963.
From left, Susan Scheffer, Sunny Branch and Jeanne Hejl are three sisters who vacation together in Hermosa and love to tell stories of bears trying to get into the kitchen of their historic house through the back porch, which now has plywood instead of screens.
Courtesy of Andrew Gulliford

A hand-lettered sign offering cherries and pies is testament to the historic orchards found in Hermosa along County Road 202 and specifically to the former Pomona Orchard, which receives senior priority water rights from the Pomona Ditch.
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