When the Grass Stood Stirrup High

Feb 28th @ 7:33 am in News by Scott Staley


The Delta Extension Office has just printed 50 final copies of When the Grass Stood Stirrup High, an historical and photographic review of our local landscapes and how they have changed since settlement of the area began.  This book is highlighted by 75 photographic comparisons of local landscapes, including historic photos of the beginnings of the City of Delta and the Town of Hotchkiss, as well as rare historic images of our natural landscapes culled from private collections, archives and libraries.  Written descriptions of the Uncompahgre Basin and Plateau, Grand Mesa, and the North Fork Valley by explorers and surveyors who visited the area between the 1700s and the 1890s are also included.

The title is taken from a common myth in local memory of the time “when the grass stood stirrup high” – a time before settlement and development began to change the appearance our local landscapes.  Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with many local public and private groups, has researched the history of our area, reviewing landscape descriptions written by early Spanish explorers, military expeditions and land surveys; and has photographically compared our landscapes using photos taken as long as 120 years ago with recent photographs of those same landscapes.  The result of this effort is this 182-page book, When the Grass Stood Stirrup High.

This book makes a great gift for local history buffs, and is available through the Delta Extension Office for $33.00 per copy.  – But hurry!  – Once these final 50 copies are gone, they’re gone for good!  The Delta Extension Office is located at 525 Dodge Street, in Delta, and is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.For more information, contact the Delta Extension Office, at (970) 874-2195.