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Howard Area Information

Posted in: Howard
By Wild West Properties
Mar 12, 2014 - 1:08:36 PM

History:  The town of Howard lies in Pleasant Valley, isolated in a canyon between Salida and CaƱon City. Early settlers met their destiny in Pleasant Valley with implements, vision, and hard work. Early settlers used canvas tents and even their wagons when necessary. Natural resources of the area encouraged settlement. The soil was productive and the Arkansas River and its tributary streams provided water for irrigation. Open meadows were plentiful for stock pasture. The beauty of Pleasant Valley inspired poetry and captivated roaming hearts. Homestead laws allotted 160 acres per household and required that every homesteader live on the claim or pay $1.25 per acre. About one hundred homestead patents were issued to settlers for Pleasant Valley, and by 1890, the valley was half settled. Homes were constructed from native materials such as logs for lumber from the forests and clay deposits provided dirt for making soft bricks. A stable for stock and a chicken coop completed the home site. The settlers and their children spent most of their time working their land. 

Howard, CO sign
About the Town: Located in the heart of Pleasant Valley about 13 miles outside of Salida, the community of Howard offers quiet, peaceful living, and is especially popular among recreational vehicle travelers. Howard is located along Hwy 50 and the Arkansas River. The close proximity to Salida allows for easy travel for city conveniences while providing the quiet and peacefulness of small town living. The area is proud of their history and has provided a wonderful self guided tour for residents and guests to explore and learn. There are a few small businesses in and around Howard.

The Arkansas River through Howard, CO.
The Pathway into History: Consisting of 12 signs along County Road 45 the self-guided pathway interprets the history of the Pleasant Valley area. This project was paid for in part by a State Historical Fund grant from the Colorado Historical Society, with additional support from Fremont County, the Bureau of Land Management, the Western Fremont Historical Society, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, and the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. The road is in good condition and passable to passenger cars between Vallie Bridge and Howard. Between Howard and Wellsville, 4-wheel drive may be needed. Portions of the road may be impassable during high water.



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