Recalling the Old Fort College celebrates century mark, community its hardscrabble past

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Recalling the Old Fort College celebrates century mark, community its hardscrabble past

A prized Hereford stands at the Old Fort where demonstration gardens and farm plots helped homesteading families learn new skills and techniques for farming.
The Fort Lewis College men’s gymnastics team practices on the turf at the Old Fort.
Married student housing at the Old Fort for World War II veterans included 20 cramped housing units.
The original logo for Fort Lewis A&M Junior College.
The Fort Lewis Mesa fire crew in front of their fire truck February 1951. Springtime mud season at the Old Fort could last for months.
Ray Horvath, bus driver, stands on the right in front of the Fort’s pride and joy – The Mighty Moo bus, which took student athletes all over the state if only they could get out of western La Plata County’s mud and snow.
If you go

The Fort Lewis Mesa Community Reunion is July 1-2. Attendees are asked to pre-register. For more information and a complete schedule, visit tinyurl.com/flmreunion or call 588-2223.
July 1
(At Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, 11274 Colorado Highway 140, Hesperus)
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – registration in lobby
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – history fair. Sessions feature speakers representing Old Fort/Ridges Basin/Breen, Hesperus/Mayday/Thompson Park, Hay Gulch/Big Stick, Alkalai/Cherry Creek/Dryside, Picnic Flats/Marvel/Kline and Redmesa/Long Hollow.
July 2
9:30 a.m. to noon – open house at Marvel School, 11 CR 113, Marvel
10 a.m. to noon – genealogy workshops at Redmesa Church, 6848 Colorado Highway 140, Hesperus.
1 to 4 p.m. – communisty history, Redmesa Church
5 to 7:30 p.m. – barbecue supper, Redmesa Church
July 3
The Old Fort Reunion in Hesperus runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Fort Campus in Hesperus
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – breakfast for Old Fort graduates and their families
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – tours of the campus includes hayrides and walks.

Recalling the Old Fort College celebrates century mark, community its hardscrabble past

A prized Hereford stands at the Old Fort where demonstration gardens and farm plots helped homesteading families learn new skills and techniques for farming.
The Fort Lewis College men’s gymnastics team practices on the turf at the Old Fort.
Married student housing at the Old Fort for World War II veterans included 20 cramped housing units.
The original logo for Fort Lewis A&M Junior College.
The Fort Lewis Mesa fire crew in front of their fire truck February 1951. Springtime mud season at the Old Fort could last for months.
Ray Horvath, bus driver, stands on the right in front of the Fort’s pride and joy – The Mighty Moo bus, which took student athletes all over the state if only they could get out of western La Plata County’s mud and snow.
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