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Aspen Tree Tells A Story

Carvings are prolific among the aspen trees of Gray Head and Deep Creek Mesa. Many are simply graffiti but some record a history and tell a story…

History: As early as 1850 and until WWII, large numbers of Basques came to the American west to seek their fortune. Most became sheepherders and their history can still be found carved into the Aspen trees. These carvings, or arborglyphs, are a reminder of the widespread sheep industry that once existed not only on San Miguel County, but throughout Colorado and the country.  Continue reading Aspen Tree Tells A Story

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