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Ranch history stands corrected

Dear Editor,

Your opinion column of Feb. 10 on the Bair Ranch is full of misinformation. To set things straight, I would like to give you the correct history.

The ranch as seen from I-70 and as pictured on the front page of the Post Independent Feb. 6 was called the Allen Ranch for close to 50 years. It was homesteaded by Frank W. Allen near the turn of the last century; it was know as the Allen Ranch at least until June 22, 1946. Frank, Mattilda and Charles Allen sold the ranch to Herbert Jolley, who sold the Allen Ranch to George Dunsdon, George Mayne and Joseph Bair on Nov. 24, 1919.



Known as Mayne, Bair and Dunsdon, Inc., a Colorado Corporation, the ranch was still called the Allen Ranch. Mayne, Bair, Dunsdon, Inc. sold the ranch to George Dunsdon on Feb. 28, 1935. It was still known as the Allen Ranch. My father, Evan Dunsdon, and three of my aunts graduated from Garfield County High School in Glenwood Springs, while living on the ranch. Not until June 22, 1946, when George Dunsdon sold the Allen Ranch to J. Golden Bair, could it be called the Bair Ranch.

Your statement that Elmer Bair and brothers settled the ranch is in error. Elmer was 20 years old and Golden was 10, a little young to own a ranch. In the history of the Allen Ranch, at no time did Elmer Bair own any of the ranch. After J. Golden Bair’s death, on Jan. 12, 1998, the Allen Ranch and other ranches on Spruce Creek and Cottonwood Creek were divided between Thelma (Golden’s wife), LeGrande Bair (Craig’s half brother) and Craig Bair. Thelma and LeGrande sold out within the last couple of years, to a private party.



I comforted Doris Bair about the misinformation and she pointed out to me that it was an old family tradition to not “let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

Barry Dunsdon

Glenwood Springs


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