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October 9, 2012
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History: Harvest time

SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Potatoes were a staple crop in the Roaring Fork Valley, including along Brush Creek in the early 1900s. It was such a labor-intensive crop to harvest that schools all over the valley would close for a week in the early fall so the children could be in the fields to help with the harvest. The local trains would make their stops up and down the valley to haul the bounty of spuds to far-off places. The Hoaglund family ranch, now known as the Anderson Ranch, was no different from the other ranches. Pictured here is Charles Hoaglund, with son (Henry or Ralph), loading up their annual harvest bound for the train, circa 1930.

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