Ferndale, CO History

Ferndale is a settlement of 5 Adirondack-style log cabins built in the 1800s on the S. Platte River near Foxton, CO. At least some of these cabins were designed and built by William Byers, my grandmother's great uncle & the founder of the Rocky Mountain News. His mother is my 4x great grandmother. My grandmother remembers visiting these cabins into her young adulthood, and she showed them to me in the 1970s. So my love of Adirondack-style Colorado cabins is genetically/historically induced!
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A wooden bridge spans the North Fork of the S. Platte River in Ferndale, Colorado. It was built by the owners of the cabin on the hill in the background, W. F. and Mary Byers Robinson.  From the Denver Library Western History Collection

A wooden bridge spans the North Fork of the S. Platte River in Ferndale, Colorado. It was built by the owners of the cabin on the hill in the background, W. F. and Mary Byers Robinson. From the Denver Library Western History Collection

Interior of the W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson cabin in Ferndale, CO circa 1890-1910.  From the Denver Library Western History Collection

Interior of the W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson cabin in Ferndale, CO circa 1890-1910. From the Denver Library Western History Collection

Two women, a man, and a child sit around a fireplace in the interior of the Mary Byers Robinson home in Ferndale, Colorado circa the late 1800s.  From the Denver Library Western History Collection

Two women, a man, and a child sit around a fireplace in the interior of the Mary Byers Robinson home in Ferndale, Colorado circa the late 1800s. From the Denver Library Western History Collection

My great (x4) grandmother, Elizabeth Byers & her daughter, Mary Byers Robinson in Mary's cabin in Ferndale, Colorado

My great (x4) grandmother, Elizabeth Byers & her daughter, Mary Byers Robinson in Mary's cabin in Ferndale, Colorado

W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson with next door neighbor Minnie Vickers on the porch of the Robinson cabin in Ferndale, CO.  Cathedral Spires is in the background.  From the Denver Library Western History Collection

W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson with next door neighbor Minnie Vickers on the porch of the Robinson cabin in Ferndale, CO. Cathedral Spires is in the background. From the Denver Library Western History Collection

Probably Elizabeth Byers in the W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson cabin in Ferndale, CO circa 1890-1900.  From the Denver Library Western History Collection.

Probably Elizabeth Byers in the W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson cabin in Ferndale, CO circa 1890-1900. From the Denver Library Western History Collection.

W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson on the porch of the Robinson home in Ferndale, CO circa 1890-1900.  From the Denver Library Western History Collection

W.F. and Mary Byers Robinson on the porch of the Robinson home in Ferndale, CO circa 1890-1900. From the Denver Library Western History Collection

Mary Byers Robinson and Mr. Robinson outside of their log cabin in Ferndale, CO circa 1900-1910.

Mary Byers Robinson and Mr. Robinson outside of their log cabin in Ferndale, CO circa 1900-1910.

C RR at Ferndale Depot in Ferndale, CO by the S. Platte River circe 1895.  A crate of bottles is on the platform.  This platform was across the river from the Ferndale cabins.

C RR at Ferndale Depot in Ferndale, CO by the S. Platte River circe 1895. A crate of bottles is on the platform. This platform was across the river from the Ferndale cabins.

[South Platte River, 1900-1920] 	     South Platte River near Peterhead, CO (1900-1920)    Colorado and Southern Railway narrow gauge tracks in Platte Canyon shows Peterhead (an early railroad station), about two miles east of Buffalo (Bufflo Creek township)

[South Platte River, 1900-1920] South Platte River near Peterhead, CO (1900-1920) Colorado and Southern Railway narrow gauge tracks in Platte Canyon shows Peterhead (an early railroad station), about two miles east of Buffalo (Bufflo Creek township)

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