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Yampa marks 100th birthday

Dana Strongin

— When Hildred Fogg decided to collect information about Routt County, she didn’t know where to start.

But then she thought of the place she had been the longest: Yampa.

Fogg’s research and photograph collection were on display Sunday at South Routt Elementary School, where area residents celebrated Yampa’s 100th birthday.

The celebration included music from the Yampa Valley Boys, a reception that featured homemade soups, chili and birthday cake and an “Images of Yampa” show chronicling the town’s past 100 years in photos.

Fogg, who has lived in Yampa since 1957, participated in the celebration because of her appreciation for her hometown.

“It’s a nice, quiet place to live. It’s a great place to raise kids,” Fogg said.

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Dina Murray chose to gaze at a quilt that features photos of Yampa buildings dating back to the 1880s.

Murray, who has lived in South Routt since 1993, said she attended the celebration because she doesn’t have the same connection to the area that many of her neighbors share.

“I want to learn about the history of where I live,” she said.

George Trujillo also wanted to learn more about the history of Yampa, where he has lived since 1976.

“It’s a fantastic place to live,” Trujillo said.

Arlene Porteus agrees. She was the chairwoman of the committee that planned the events.

“We wanted to recognize the 100th birthday of Yampa and preserve the wonderful feeling that we have in our town: that some things never change,” Porteus said.

As the Yampa Valley Boys played, Porteus looked around the gymnasium at the displays, which she said help the town preserve its rich history.

“We’re surrounded by all of these pictures. I think the success is right there,” she said.

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