Steamboat has had a very western history. Having been a place where Native Americans would not Winter over, it is now a bustling area of athletes, professionals, retirees, and folks who want to live in a beautiful place.
Steamboat is known for the first ski hill in America, it’s healing hot springs, and for being one of the most active communities in Colorado. Originally starting as a ranching community, more than 100 years later it is a world class destination area. Something happened since 1900!
One of the most interesting aspects I’ve found in researching Steamboat, is that in the Winter, the main mode of transportation was skiing. To get around, residents donned early versions of skis and trekked to make visitations and go to the store.
There are several places to find Steamboat history facts. Wikipedia is the most common, and references can be followed to discover more about the famous and notorious.
The City of Steamboat Springs has a basic overview of local history. It is a quick read and has several links to other subjects of interest.
The Tread of Pioneers in Steamboat is a place where history and artifacts come together. Located at 800 Oak Street, it has many events to highlight history and stories. They also have interactive tours and children’s events as well.
And there are a handful of books that have been published on Steamboat history. Steamboat Springs, an Images of America book, is a popular resource. As well as, Steamboat Springs: the Memories of a Young Colorado Pioneer, which is an account of a boy moving to town with his family in 1905 and the experiences thereafter.