ACD Rocky Mountain Mini-Meet 2004 Pictures - Updated!

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19 Jul 2004 21:17 #1973 by Picture Gallery
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Rocky Mountain Meet 2004

Sometimes you can?t win for losing. Even though Colorado is in the 5th year of a severe drought, it rained every day for 5 days before our tour and every day of our tour. What a way to see if our cars are leak proof. But we are a tough and adventuresome, albeit, soggy group.

Our tour started on Friday afternoon in the hospitality suite where we renewed our old acquaintances and met two new couples, Jim & Janet Clyde from Wellsville, Ks. And Ron & Sheri McCrory from way down in New Braunfels, Tx. The following morning, we toured to the Swetsville Zoo. This is the playground of a retired farmer who has an incredible imagination and ability to weld old car and farm implement parts into the strangest collection of ?critters? you have ever seen.

We then drove to the Colorado-Wyoming border and toured a working bison ranch. We boarded their new hand made train which chugged along at a breathtaking speed of 1 mph so we could get up close and personal with the bison and other residents of the ranch, such as llamas, a camel, an ostrich and others that are part of the zoo they are building. After the tour we has a choice of bison or beef steaks for lunch.

After lunch we turned west to Laramie, Wyo. Along the way, we stopped at a memorial bust of Abraham Lincoln that commemorates the old Lincoln Highway that ran through this location before I-80 was built. Upon reaching Laramie, we headed to the Wyoming Territorial Prison that was a very busy place in the late 1800?s and once housed Butch Cassidy of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame.

After spending the night in Larimie we headed back toward Fort Collins, Co. Along the way we visited the Virginia Dale church. This church was originally built in the 1880?s, but burnt to the ground last fall by a volunteer fireman looking to make a name for himself. The current building was rebuilt exactly like the old one in just a couple of months with volunteers and donations. This church never locks its doors so it is always open to travelers. This is still true today.

We finally arrived at our final destination after surviving some minor breakdowns and problems. Our final tour was Clyde Hodge?s incredible collection of antique gas pumps and gas station memorabilia along with his life long knowledge and stories of gas and filling stations of yesteryear. This collection is located in Berthoud, Co. which is also the boyhood home of Floyd Clymer who wrote many books on automobiles.

Following this stop we had our farewell dinner and said our good-byes for another year and set the plans in motion for our tour next year.

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