Western Fremont Historical Society

Preserving the history and heritage of the settlers of western Fremont County, Colorado.

Who We Are

WFHS explores the history of Western Fremont county from Parkdale through Wellsville


 Betsy leads a tour of ‘rails to kiln’


This Month’s Fun Fact

In our area, T. Witcher was not only one of the first cattlemen, but also had one of the biggest cattle herds on the north side of the Arkansas River.  Who owned most of the cattle on the south side of the Arkansas River?

Elton and Edwin Beckwith came to the Wet Mountain Valley in 1870 with a large herd of Texas steers.  The Beckwith Ranch, at one time, contained 60,000 acres.  In 1880, the ranch had 13,800 head of cattle roaming the range.  Elton built the ranch headquarters in the 1880’s, which included the main house, a bunk house, servant’s quarters, carriage house, ice house, privy, shop, garage, cattle barn and horse barn.

Building Renovation

Contact Us…

History Center Map

0070 County Road 56
Howard, CO 81233



Mailing Address

Western Fremont Historical Society (WFHS)
P.O. Box 181
Howard, CO 81233

Email:  wfhsinfo@westfremonthistory.com

History Center Address

0070 Co Rd 56, Howard, CO  81233


The History Center is open during Society programs and by appointment.  During the months of April through October, the center is open the last Sunday of each month (1:00-4:00 pm).

Please call Shari Mohr at 719-942-3355 for further information and appointments.