J. Riley Parker: The bottom line | SteamboatToday.com

J. Riley Parker: The bottom line

Steamboat has always marketed itself as a cowboy town and it has drawn many looking for a Western lifestyle.

There’s no better way to live that lifestyle than to get a little bit of land and some horses. That’s how my parents did it when we moved here. We had a few acres on the side of a mountain and we bought hay every year from local ranchers. It was a great way to grow up.

One thing that I’ve noticed in the last few years is that there are many new houses being put in the middle of hay meadows as part of subdivisions that are being called ranches. That seemed like an odd place to put a house, so I looked at the real estate guides and I learned these subdivisions are being built to preserve Western working ranches. The funny thing is that the people that held the leases and worked those lands can’t afford to live there.

Seems to me that the only thing being preserved is the bottom line.

J. Riley Parker

Fort Riley, Kan.

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