|I've only been on Colorado's
western slope a few times, and never wandered off I-70 to see the towns
nestled deep in the Rockies on that side of the Continental Divide.
These Meeker web pages are in memory of Julia Donohoe, a school
psychologist who lived - and recently passed away - in this,
one of her favorite places. We would probably never have visited Meeker
had it not been for Julia. Thank you, Julia. We will miss you.
To borrow the directions from Meeker's Chamber of Commerce page: Meeker is accessible from anywhere. Leave I-70 or US 40 to discover Meeker's untrodden paths - only 40 miles north of Rifle or 48 miles south of Craig on Colorado Highway 13, and 75 miles southeast of Dinosaur on Colorado Highway 64.
We hope you enjoy these images of our trip to discover Meeker, Colorado, as much as we enjoyed our visit there. Click on any of the image thumbnails below, and a larger image will appear in your browser. Click on your browser's "BACK" button to return to this page. All images have been sized to be 600 pixels in width, which should fit well on your screen.
|On the road (I-70) westbound to Rifle, Colorado, where we'll turn north on Highway 13 to arrive at Meeker, Colorado, about 4 hours and 12 minutes from Denver. Snow was in the forecast for the next day. We can see the beginnings of rain looming in the background. (George L. Smith, 22 Sept 2000)|
|Also along I-70 westbound to Rifle, Colorado. We stopped at mile marker 224 to take these pictures. The clouds are starting to form to the west, as well as the east. (George L. Smith, 22 Sept 2000)|
|This is a reconstruction of the quarters Union soldiers lived in during the 1880's. It is a fine example of log cabin construction, and is located along one of Meeker's main streets. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|The History of Meeker can be seen first hand by visiting the White River Museum. You won't be able to miss the rough hewn log buildings which store the treasures of the White River Valley. The army pulled out in 1883 and sold the block of buildings to the town for $50. This building, a private residence until 1945, was converted to a museum. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|The corner building continues to be a private home. It is located just to the left of the museum. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|The town of Meeker is the center of commerce for many of the local area ranchers. Many Sheep are raised in this area, and are allowed to participate in the annual Meeker Classic Championship Sheep Dog Trials. This particular pair of statues should not imply that the sheep are paying attention to a dog...It appears that is a wolf or coyote on the prowl....(George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|This is a picture of City Hall from across the street. A light rain is just about to start. Hmmm....looks like someone spilled a bucket of paint while crossing the street! (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|A small section of Meeker's business district. Here you can see a Radio Shack store sharing space with an office supply outlet. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|The annual Meeker Classic Championship Sheep Dog Trials brings competitors from all over the world. Almost every store window in Meeker advertises this annual event. No, so far I'm not aware of any pigs competing. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|We're on our way back to Rifle, Colorado, going south on Highway 13...trying to beat the rain! (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|As we continue down Highway 13, the clouds are starting to settle in for a good rain just to the north of us...over the town of Meeker. They soon were upon us, with maximum windshield wiper power required to keep the windshield clear of the downpour. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|And, here comes the rain! No, the upper portion of the picture is not overexposed...these are the clouds settling in as we drive eastward along I-70, on our way back home to Lakewood, Colorado. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
|As we get closer to Denver, the weather set in with a bit of snow, sleet, and ice. Another hour or so, and we'll be home. A rather infamous place called Floyd Hill kept us parked on the highway for around 20 minutes. (George L. Smith, 23 Sept 2000)|
Links To Meeker Pages
Someday, with the help of a lot of caring people, Julia's dream of a ranch for special boys will be realized, and hopefully will be built in this special community of caring people. She worked for and dreamed this dream for a very long time. Dreams are what good things are made from. Julia will be missed, but may her dream continue to fruition.