Colorado Homestead Hit Hard by March Blizzard

Unable to leave the barn, one family on a Colorado homestead hunkered down and stuck it out.

| Good Old Days

On a beautiful spring day in early March, 1910, my mother and her three children and my aunt with two children arrived by train at Sligo, Colorado, 50 miles southeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming, to be met by my father and uncle who took us to our homestead site 10 miles farther east on a Colorado homestead.

The men had preceded us in February, by emigrant boxcar, bringing all our possessions to this new land. They had erected a floorless barn to shelter us until our houses could be built.

Before the month was out, we were engulfed in a blizzard. The men, fearing the roof of the barn would be blown away, climbed the wall to fasten wires to the rafters and tie them to the anchor posts. For several days, it was unsafe to venture more than a few feet from the shelter of the barn.

It was impossible for my uncle to find his way thru the storm to the dugout where he had housed his small flock of Buff Orpington hens. On the third day, to his surprise, he found them very much alive, although the canvas roof, under the weight of the heavy snow, had caved in on them.

Our team of horses was safely sheltered in a lean-to hastily constructed by the men at the onset of the storm.

During the blizzard, two teen-age boys were frozen to death when they became lost trying to find their way to a neighbor who lived only a quarter of a mile away from their camp. 

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