How do you turn an abandoned historic ranch into a residential library?
Sometime during our long (& still ongoing) planning process we decided that Buffalo Peaks Ranch would house not one, but several libraries spread across the ranch — in various buildings and barns.
The list is not complete, but Buffalo Peaks Ranch will have special libraries dedicated to Natural History, Western & Native American history, poetry & literature, environmental studies, astronomy, mining, railroads, and the fur trade.
Plus one very special library that we are really excited about!
In the ranch’s Main House, right through the green screen door to the right, we’ll be setting up the Marie Guiraud Ranching Library — celebrating ranching history & traditions, from the early days to the present, with books on ranching in the American West, and across the globe.
This constantly-growing library is named after Marie Guiraud, who along with her husband Adolph, first established this homestead ranch, back in 1862 along the Middle Fork of the South Platte River.
Marie’s life was a remarkable one that we’ll return to again and again. Her story will help us tell the larger story of women in the west. We continue to gather books on this wonderful topic.
photo of Marie Guiraud courtesy of Jacquelyn Guiraud Miller & Fred Guiraud
The library has many books on artists & photographers who captured this traditional way of working on the land.
The growing collection includes old ranch histories, ranch memoirs, cowboy songs & poetry — plus tales of new ranching traditions springing up across the globe.
And yes, this is a Ranch Library dedicated to ranching across the world!
Stay tuned for more on other libraries that will inhabit the historic buildings at Buffalo Peaks Ranch. Next up with be the Cooks House Library. The Cooks House is currently the focus of our Kickstarter Campaign:
For more on the Cooks House Campaign, read on!
The Rocky Mountain Land Library’s long-awaited Kickstarter Campaign is LIVE! Help bring books, people & programs to Colorado’s Buffalo Peaks Ranch. With your support we will transform a historic high mountain ranch into a residential library devoted to land, community, and the many positive ways we can all move forward together.
But first, CLICK HERE and you’ll find out much more. Learn how you can be an important part of this land-inspired, book-loving grassroots project!
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD FAR & WIDE!