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I am the fi fth generation to live on our ranch. It’s amazing because I get to work the same land that my grandfather did and his grandfather before him. I get the satisfaction of being able to carry on my family’s history on the land that was settled over one hundred years ago. The Crawford side of my family originated in Scotland and then they immigrated to Ireland. From there they moved across the ocean to Adams County, Ohio. After hearing that the government was giving land to homesteaders in Colorado, my Grandfather and grandson decide to get the family back into cattle great-great-great grandfather, John Marion Crawford, headed west to get in on this opportunity. He settled in this area in the 1800s. In the 1890s John Marion’s son, Allen Hill, settled the property that my family lives on to this day. The house that he built on the property is still standing. Ever since, my family has lived and worked on this land, and we also continue to grow hay as our main crop, just as he did back then. Around the same time that my family came here, a U.S. Army fort was built in Hesperus, Colorado. The fort bordered my family’s property and my grandfather, John M., grew hay to sell to them for their livestock. He hired local Native Americans to help him irrigate and harvest the hay. The fort was later turned into a school, fi rst for the Native Americans and then for anyone in the area to attend. It became the original location of Fort Lewis College. The main campus is now in Durango, Colorado, while this older location is used for lessons in agriculture and other natural research. My ancestors also used to raise cows on our property, but after a severe drought and recession, my family had to sell out of the cattle business. My parents and grandparents needed to JOSH CRAWFORD, COLORADO, AGE 15 Some of the new herd had to come in for a closer look. They are enjoying the spring growth out in the fi eld and have a view of the La Plata Mountains in the background. PENNY CRAWFORD {Above} Josh’s great-great grandparents, Allen Hill Crawford and his wife Pearl, were married in 1908. They are pictured here with their daughters Dorothy and Herma (left to right) and son Allen John. Pearl was a teacher at several of the small schoolhouses in the area. {Right} Josh with his cows, making sure that they are healthy and happy. I IAIN J. MCCOURT, AGE 16 CRAWFORD FAMILY 6 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I SUMMER 2016


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