Steamboat Springs, Colorado

IMG_0930Routt County Seat, Steamboat Springs is home to about 12,000 residents and known internationally as a winter ski resort destination. Founder  James Crawford arrived in 1874 and his family arrived two years later. For 5 years the Crawford family where the only permanent residents. Ute Indians hunted this valley in the summers.  U.S Army forcibly removed them from the area in 1879 and they were sent to a reservation in Utah.IMG_0932Routt County Courthouse, looks right on the main drag. The region was originally inhabited by Trappers and Miners. The area is home to natural hot springs, early Trappers would hear the “chugging” of the springs and thought a Steam Boat was coming up the river.IMG_0935Pretty cool ski jump stuff across the Yampa River from town. Originally skiing was the only method of transportation during the long winters. In 1913 Norwegian Carl Howelson moved to town and introduced ski jumping. Carl also started the Winter Carnival which is still going strong.IMG_0938I spent a good amount of time walking around town and only found one thrift store. Most shops where geared toward rich visitors, which I am not. I was pointed towards about three different cheeseburger options so I chose the one with the same name as the guy who brought ski jumping to the are in 1913. I don’t know if Carl’s Tavern was named after Carl Howelson or not.IMG_0942I was promptly greeted by enthusiastic staff and had my choice of seating. The menu was loaded with lots of burger options and a vast array of beers. Everything looked good, I decide to go with the “Sleeping Giant”. Fresh pressed beef topped with pulled pork, cheese, coleslaw, pickles. IMG_0939The Sleeping Giant was an explosion of flavors that exceeded all my expectations. I thought the pairing of tangy pulled pork, with calming effect of coleslaw and homemade sweet pickle of some kind put this burger and bun over the top.IMG_0944Rabbit Ears Pass on the approach to Steamboat Springs. I thought Steamboat was a pretty cool town full of friendly people. It reminded me allot of Boulder just with more Gluten, and less Homeless panhandlers.

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