La Plata Pioneers: Aspass family settled in 1870s

La Plata Pioneers: Aspass family settled in 1870s

The Aspaas ranch borders the Old Fort on the south. The family home is an historic five-bedroom officers’ quarters moved from the military fort between 1894-1895. Aspaas family members have lived in Southwest Colorado since the 1870s.
Still standing but listing with age, the Aspaas family’s log cribbed barn requires stabilization. Helen Ruth Aspaas is applying to add her property to the La Plata County Register of Historic Places.
Born and raised in La Plata County, Helen Ruth Aspaas traveled the world as a geographer with an expertise in Africa. She has returned to the original family homestead along the La Plata Rive
The Aspaas ranch along the La Plata River includes seven peeled ponderosas. Ax marks show how the tree was peeled in the 19th century.
Spring-fed ponds on the Aspaas ranch contribute to an abundance of wildlife and natural flora and fauna. The 140-acre original homestead has a conservation easement held by La Plata Open Space Conservancy.
The Aspaas homestead includes peeled ponderosa pine trees probably modified by Ute Indian women who may have been visiting their children at the Indian School at Fort Lewis, which is now the Old Fort. Helen Ruth Aspaas shows where the tree had been peeled and the telltale signs of ax marks. Since a Southern Ute quarter section or 160 acres borders the Aspaas ranch to the south, Ute residents may also have practiced cultural peeling.
A swallowtail butterfly visits one of many flowerbeds that border the Aspaas house.
The Aspaas ranch borders the Old Fort on the south. The family home is an historic five-bedroom officers’ quarters moved from the military fort between 1894-1895. Aspaas family members have lived in Southwest Colorado since the 1870s.
Still standing but listing with age, the Aspaas family’s log cribbed barn requires stabilization. Helen Ruth Aspaas is applying to add her property to the La Plata County Register of Historic Places.
This front bedroom originally served as the Breen Post Office. One of Helen Ruth Aspaas’ ancestors was the postmistress, and she assisted other immigrants write letters to their relatives in Europe.
Born and raised in La Plata County, Helen Ruth Aspaas traveled the world as a geographer with an expertise in Africa. She has returned to the original family homestead along the La Plata River.

La Plata Pioneers: Aspass family settled in 1870s

The Aspaas ranch borders the Old Fort on the south. The family home is an historic five-bedroom officers’ quarters moved from the military fort between 1894-1895. Aspaas family members have lived in Southwest Colorado since the 1870s.
Still standing but listing with age, the Aspaas family’s log cribbed barn requires stabilization. Helen Ruth Aspaas is applying to add her property to the La Plata County Register of Historic Places.
Born and raised in La Plata County, Helen Ruth Aspaas traveled the world as a geographer with an expertise in Africa. She has returned to the original family homestead along the La Plata Rive
The Aspaas ranch along the La Plata River includes seven peeled ponderosas. Ax marks show how the tree was peeled in the 19th century.
Spring-fed ponds on the Aspaas ranch contribute to an abundance of wildlife and natural flora and fauna. The 140-acre original homestead has a conservation easement held by La Plata Open Space Conservancy.
The Aspaas homestead includes peeled ponderosa pine trees probably modified by Ute Indian women who may have been visiting their children at the Indian School at Fort Lewis, which is now the Old Fort. Helen Ruth Aspaas shows where the tree had been peeled and the telltale signs of ax marks. Since a Southern Ute quarter section or 160 acres borders the Aspaas ranch to the south, Ute residents may also have practiced cultural peeling.
A swallowtail butterfly visits one of many flowerbeds that border the Aspaas house.
The Aspaas ranch borders the Old Fort on the south. The family home is an historic five-bedroom officers’ quarters moved from the military fort between 1894-1895. Aspaas family members have lived in Southwest Colorado since the 1870s.
Still standing but listing with age, the Aspaas family’s log cribbed barn requires stabilization. Helen Ruth Aspaas is applying to add her property to the La Plata County Register of Historic Places.
This front bedroom originally served as the Breen Post Office. One of Helen Ruth Aspaas’ ancestors was the postmistress, and she assisted other immigrants write letters to their relatives in Europe.
Born and raised in La Plata County, Helen Ruth Aspaas traveled the world as a geographer with an expertise in Africa. She has returned to the original family homestead along the La Plata River.
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