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here’s a busy stretch of road running northward, from Fort Collins to Laramie. That 65-mile section of U.S. Highway 287 carries some heavy truck traffi c through northern Colorado and into Wyoming. Actually, the route has been heavily traveled since 1848 or so. That portion of the highway overlaps Roberts Ranch near Livermore, Colorado, is in short-grass country. According to manager Zach Thode, the range typically produces 1000 pounds of forage per acre annually. There is not a lot of it but the grass packs a punch. the old Overland Trail, and was the course many emigrants followed when journeying to Oregon or California. It was the trail used by stagecoaches and freighters driving ox- and mule-drawn wagons. It became the primary road used by folk that settled the area and hoped to stay. One that did stay was Robert O. BY TROY SMITH Roberts, who established a hotel and café, about 21 miles north of Fort Collins, in Livermore, Colorado. Situated where a lesser trail branched off from the Laramie road, Roberts called his inn “The Forks”. About a year later, in 1875, Roberts also fi led a homestead claim. He would eventually sell his hospitality business An interesting journey leads this young beef producer back to the land he loves TROY SMITH TROY SMITH 74 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


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