Colorado Ranch Land Settled in the 1880's
This property has been ranch land since the 1880s. The original owners and their neighbors built the James Ditch which runs through the property, creating productive irrigated hay fields. In the 1990s, the property had several owners, but was not used for farming.
The Bergs bought the property in 2003 and began restoring the land to it's agricultural roots. The hay fields are productive again and a small herd of cattle and horses graze the pastures.
Both Bill and Claudia are grandchildren of cattlemen. Bill spent his summers doing chores with his uncle and grandfather on the Fischer farm in Woodstock, IL.
Claudia Propst Berg is a grand-daughter of Lewis V. Propst, noted Colorado rancher and stockman of the Bar-3 Ranch, Merino, Colorado.
Hygiene Hogback Geological Site
On the western edge of the property is an historic outcrop. As described by Jack Murphy, Geology Curator Emeritus, Denver Museum of Nature and Science;
"The Hygiene Hogback exposes over 360 feet of east dipping Upper Cretaceous sediment of the Pierre Shale. It was described in 1869 by Ferdinand Hayden as part of the U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories.
The rocks and invertebrate marine fossils have been studied by several generations of students, teachers and geologists from the University of Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines, and the U.S. Geological Survey."
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