Cowboy Engineering at Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Harry Smith and his NBC Cameraman learn more about “cowboy engineering” from two HistoriCorps volunteers.

Last Friday, the second week of HistoriCorps’ Buffalo Peaks Ranch re-roofing project came to an end with some very special visitors. Harry Smith and his NBC Nightly News crew flew into Denver on Thursday, and by early Friday morning we all met up at the ranch for a glorious blue-sky day in South Park.
HistoriCorps hardly missed a beat in its workday, and as you can see from the photo above, Harry Smith was determined to keep up.

HistoriCorps -- a Work Force for Saving Places. Learn more about what they do!

HistoriCorps — a Work Force for Saving Places. Learn more about what they do!

Each week brings a fresh new crew of HistoriCorps volunteers. They’ve come from across the country, and as far away as Portsmouth, England. How do you thank amazing people such as these? We’ll definitely find a way — and we hope everyone will return to the ranch when there’s a warm light in the windows, and books on the shelves!

The Bunkhouse gets a long-awaited new roof!

The Bunkhouse gets a long-awaited new roof!

The work has been slowed a bit by afternoon rains, but every day brings progress, and always something new. The volunteers have loved the ranch for its natural surroundings and its impressive accumulated history. There’s lots of examples of classic cowboy engineering in all the buildings — those simple, practical solutions to keeping the warmth in and the water out.

And next time you see the Cook's House it watertight with fresh cedar shingles! (photo by Marilyn Hunt)

The next time you see the Cook’s House it will be watertight, with fresh cedar shingles! (photo by Marilyn Hunt)

Our thanks goes to HistoriCorps, its volunteers, and the South Park National Heritage Area for the funds that made this summer’s three week re-roofing project such a success. And thanks to Harry Smith & the NBC crew for coming so far to cover a story about bringing new life to an old ranch!

Stay tuned to NBC Nightly News!

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