History: Name game
November 11, 2015
Dr. Robert M. Burlingame, son of Charles H. Burlingame, a former Wells Fargo agent in Aspen in the 1890s, was born in Aspen before his family moved to Denver around 1900. He later became a doctor but never forgot his roots in the Roaring Fork Valley, purchasing a ranch on Owl Creek to use as a summer home for him and his family in the late 1930s and '40s. By 1947, he had purchased a ranch at the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highway 82 (south side of Cozy Point) to serve as his retirement home a few years later. The Burlingame family was well known in the community spending holidays and summers at their ranches and sitting on several local boards and serving in the sheriff's posse into the mid-to-late 1950s, until he and his wife began spending the long winters in the lower elevations of Delta. He purchased several ranches and cabins throughout the valley that still bear his name today. Image taken by Leonard of Aspen circa 1958. First row: Lorain Herwick (sheriff from 1950 to 1966), left, Walt Matthews, Jack Ray and Dr. Baxter; second row: Leroy Waterman, "Red" Roland and Mike Magnifico; third row: Art Pfister, Bob Burlingame and Tom Zordel; top row: Bob George, Had Deane and George Christiansen.