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Acting like a herd of sheep

One b/w photograph of a herd of sheep at the base of Aspen Mountain, 1968. There is one man and horseback and one on foot among the sheep, and a boy is watching from the base of a tower on Lift One. This photo was with a series of others that was in the Aspen Times on October 10, 1968 (pg. 3B). A caption with the photos reads "The flock of Christensen brothers sheep were coming from their summer pasture on Richmond Hill on the backside of Aspen Mountain where they had been since July 4. Then, they were trucked from the Aspen golf course to Rifle for winter pasture. In spring, from mid-May until early July they are kept in the far Snowmass Valley. Although their pasture land at Snowmass was included in the recent 8300-acre sale by the Christensens to Snowmass, the sheep will continue to graze there in spring until the land is developed."
Ken Jenkins |

This photo was one of a series published in The Aspen Times on Oct. 10, 1968, showing some of the last of the annual sheep migrations from mountain pastures to winter pastures that was a ranching staple in the Roaring Fork Valley for so many years. It was shown with the caption: “The flock of Christensen brothers sheep were coming from their summer pasture on Richmond Hill on the backside of Aspen Mountain, where they had been since July 4. Then, they were trucked from the Aspen golf course to Rifle for winter pasture. In spring, from mid-May until early July they are kept in the far Snowmass Valley. Although their pasture land at Snowmass was included in the recent 8,300-acre sale by the Christensens to Snowmass, the sheep will continue to graze there in spring until the land is developed.” Photo taken by Ken Jenkins.


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