10 Quirky Facts About Steamboat SpringsMonday, September 14th, 2020
How well do you know Steamboat Springs? Test your knowledge and see.
- The town was given its name by French trappers who were confused by the engine-like chugging noise from a spring located across from the current library on 13thStreet. It was reminiscent of an old Steamboat, hence the name.
- The width of Lincoln Avenue – the main street that runs through downtown Steamboat, is wide enough to accommodate a cattle drive. The stockyards were on the west of town and ranchers had to move their cattle through town to the load onto cattle cars. The Yampa Valley is home to eight Centennial ranches, (they are still owned and operated by the same family after 100 years).
- In the early 1900s, Steamboat was known for its strawberries. Around 9,000 crates of strawberries were shipped out of an area three miles from downtown, known to this day as Strawberry Park.
- Howelsen Hill is the oldest, continuously running ski area in North America.
- Sherman Poppen invented the modern snowboard in 1965. Back then it was called the Snurfer. Poppen, who was a skier, never actually learned to snowboard until he moved to Steamboat Springs in 1995.
- Steamboat Springs is home to more U.S. Olympians than any other town in the nation. Over 89 Olympians have come through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
- The Yampa River is named after a flowering root, which grows along the river. The Ute Indians used to ground it into flour and use it as a staple food in their diet.
- The Yampa Valley has more than 150 natural hot springs. Since the 1800s, the Ute Indians together with the Shoshone, Arapahoe, Sioux, Crow and Cheyenne came to the area to soak in the medicinal springs.
- F.M. Light & Sons is one of the oldest family-run businesses in the country. Last year the store, which is now in the hands of the 5thgeneration, celebrated 115 years. Drive into Steamboat from any direction within a 150-mile radius, and you will see one of 100 yellow and black signs, advertising their wares.
- Founded in 1913, the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp is the longest continuously operating camp of its kind in the United States. Students from ages eight through college come to learn about dance, theatre, art and equestrian all summer long. Dustin Hoffman and Julie Harris are among the famous alumni.