Telluride Museum: Old-fashioned Xmas At The Schmid Ranch 12-19

[click “Play” for Susan’s conversation with Marvin Schmid and Patty Vanvelder]

IMG_2261 On Saturday, December 19, the Telluride Historical Museum and the Schmid Family co-host an Old-fashioned Christmas at Schmid Ranch, featuring Santa, Rowdy Roudebush, horse drawn sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cowboy coffee, a bonfire and the opportunity to cut down your own Christmas tree from Clarice Schmid’s tree farm.

1213091550a[1] The same family has owned and operated the Schmid Ranch on Wilson Mesa since it was homesteaded in 1882. Five generations of Wellses, Camplins and Schmids have worked the land through the Telluride mining boom and bust, the Great Depression and a century of droughts and storms from the tme James Wells migrated from Kansas in a covered wagon. Today, the Schmid Ranch is designated a Centennial Farm (Colorado Historical Society). Its conservation easement held by the San Miguel Conservation Foundation preserves the property intact in perpetuity.

For directions to the Schmid Ranch, go to For further information, call Beth Roberts, 970-728-3344 X 2.

For more on the ranch history and what to expect on Saturday, click the “play” button and listen to the podcast with Marvin Schmid and his fiancee Patty Vanvelder.

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