Very little has been written about the real" northeastern plains of Colorado, the small communities that dot its open, sky-filled, mountainless landscape. Haxtun began as two separate homesteads, "proved up" by Alice Strohm and Kate (Fletcher) Edwards, who sold their land to the Lincoln Land Company in 1887, which led to the founding of the town. The area was generally viewed as useless land in those early days but was promoted as being full of opportunityneglecting mention of a proclivity toward drought, hailstorms and blizzards and the gamble of the land. The High Plains survived, though. Its settlers, proving to be hardy and industrious, faced the challenges head on. Today, Haxtun and the surrounding communities of Fairfield, Dailey, Fleming and Paoli are filled with the descendants of those early settlers, people with a strong sense of community and pride in their little High Plains towns."
About the Author
Jean Gray is a freelance writer, editor and photographer. As publisher of two community newspapers, she wrote numerous features on the history of Colorado's High Plains and its people. She is an avid reader of all history, but specifically books about Kansas, Colorado and women of the old west.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gay McDaniel 7
1 Prairie, Indians and Buffalo 9
2 Cattle, Cowboys, Railroads and Homesteads 23
3 Post Offices, Communities, Commerce and Politics 36
4 Farming: Horses to the Age of Power 74
5 Prairie Becomes Dust Bowl: Soil Conservation District Formed 85
6 Robbery, Murder and Other Crimes 94
7 Churches, Schools and Celebrations 102
8 The Women and Men Who Tamed Haxtun 121
9 Lessons in Survival 131
About the Author 144