Vail Daily letter: Nice history lesson
October 8, 2013
We convey our congratulations to the Eagle County Historical Society for hosting a very interesting and educational tour of Bellyache on the Diamond S ranch. With the coordinated transportation handled by CME, whose drivers navigated the muddy roads with great skill, we visited the old stage stop, school and a dry land farmer's cabin as well as the museum on the ranch proper.
At each stop, members of the historical society provided learned descriptions of the structures, individuals and life in general as it existed a century ago. As an unscripted part of the program, some of us got to see a cattle roundup in progress. For the many of us history buffs in attendance, it was a totally enjoyable experience.
We would also like to thank the owners of the Diamond S for their kindness in making their property available for this very popular event. As the grandson of an Arizona cattle rancher, the display of many decades of old tools and equipment used in ranching/farming (they usually went together) in that era brought back many fond memories.
And special recognition to Jack Olsen and his crew for restoring the homestead cabin, which originally sat on 318 acres and was awarded to Leonidas P. Howe by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925.
Jim and Connie Cameron