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Happy Mother’s Day to Steamboat’s great ladies

Posted by Kim Filler

pioneerHappy Mother’s Day from us all here at Condos in Steamboat. Where ever you are or whatever you are doing today, we hope you will take a moment to remember all those women who have gone before us, leaving their mark however big or small on the world. This Mother’s Day we have chosen to remember the great ladies of Steamboat Springs. While many have now passed their legacies live on. Who knows, maybe they played a part in what became your own memories of a Steamboat vacation.

To Steamboat’s founding mothers’ thank you for all you have given us, and continue to give this incredible little town.

Margaret Crawford – together with husband James, they were the first white settlers to the Valley, moving permanently here in 1876. One of 18 women honored during the Colorado State Centennial being depicted in a tapestry on display in the State Capitol building.

Hazie Werner – the “Grand Lady of the Valley”, committed to her family’s ranching life, education and raising three Olympians.

Skeeter Werner  – only daughter of Hazie, an Olympian famed as one of the top 5 female skiers in the 50’s. Graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1955, modelled in New York and a tireless philanthropist in the Yampa Valley with husband American footballer Doak Walker.

Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield – founded Perry Mansfield Arts Camp in 1913. The longest running camp in the USA, combines horse-riding and drama in their traditionally cutting edge manner.

Lucile Bogue – started a college in 1962 now part of Colorado Mountain College.

Eleanor Bliss – a founder of the Steamboat Springs Council of Arts and Humanities in 1971. Came to the Valley as an instructor at Perry Mansfield from Long Island, NY, moved to Steamboat fulltime in 1969.

Gloria Gossard (of the famed corset family), perhaps the greatest philanthropist of the Valley. Gifted 120 acres of Emerald Mountain to preserve natural land. Believed strongly in the importance of arts. Over her life in Steamboat she was involved with Strings in the Mountains, Steamboat Arts Council, Lift up of Routt County, Bud Werner Memorial Library, the Literary Sojourn, NW Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Yampa Valley Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Tread of the Pioneers Museum, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the Routt County Humane Society.

Cookie Lockart – the only woman in the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame. A local celebrity never seen around town without sporting one of her 200 hats, and glitzy sunglasses. Cookie has sold everything from bulls and antiques to entire oil companies.

The next time you come to Steamboat keep an eye out, the names above will surround you from the ski area to the library. Today is a day we at Condos in Steamboat would like to say thank you for all you have given us and our visitors, Happy Mother’s Day to the great ladies of Routt County.

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