Ladies, Gentlemen, and Faithful Blog Followers! Boys and girls and children of all ages! Welcome to the greatest hike on earth!
On March 28th, the M.O.M.s chose to hike Meyer Ranch Park in Jefferson County!
Legend has it that during the winter months in the late 1800′s, Meyer Ranch housed the animals from P. T. Barnum’s circus!
You ask yourselves – “Is this true?!?”
Why YES Ladies, Gentlemen, and Faithful Blog Followers!
Meyer Ranch was homesteaded in 1870! In 1883 Louis and Mary Ramboz (doesn’t that sound circus-like?!) purchased Meyer Ranch, built their home, and called it The Midway House! The ranch had several owners until 1950 when it was purchased and remodeled by Norman and Ethel Meyer! Look closely and here you see an amazing picture of the house as it stands today!
But to answer your question Ladies, Gentlemen, and Faithful Blog Followers — it was confirmed in 1955 when a board was found during the remodeling! On the board was inscribed “Circus Town 1889!” PROOF that Phineas Barnum’s circus animals roamed the foothills of Colorado!
And now everyone — we will carefully follow the M.O.M.s on their dangerous hike through Meyer Ranch Park as they search for clues — ANY CLUE — that the circus animals wintered in our beautiful foothills!
The trails were muddy! The trails were icy! The M.O.M.s were determined to hike all four loops of Meyer Ranch Park! They almost did it! Had it not been for other hikers urging them to turn around, they would have hiked to Old Ski Run — the highest and most spectacular point in the Park!
The M.O.M.s were hungry! The M.O.M.s needed their chocolates! They were tired of navigating through the mud and ice!
Map Master and Wandering Ju BEGGED Bear Scout to let them sit at the old picnic table and consume their lunch!
Bear Scout would have none of it!! She pulled them from the picnic table (’cause M.O.M.s don’t eat lunch on picnic tables!) foraged through the shady, thick aspen groves and found a downed tree facing the sun! The M.O.M.s cautiously enjoyed their “Lunch On A Log” all the while keeping a keen eye out for animal footprints!
Traveling once again through dangerous mud and ice, the M.O.M.s were certain that decades of harsh winters and wind had successfully destroyed the footprints of the lions, and the tigers, and the bears! (No — this is not the Wizard of Oz!) This is the CIRCUS!!!!!
And then Ladies, Gentlemen, and Faithful Blog Followers — Bear Scout eyed something shiny in the bark of a tree! With all her strength she miraculously managed to pull it out! It was an old daguerreotype (look it up) of none other than Annie Jones (1860-1902)!! Annie was the American bearded woman that toured with the P. T. Barnum circus in the late 1800′s!!!
Nonetheless! THAT Ladies, Gentlemen, and Faithful Blog Followers is FINAL PROOF once again that the P. T. Barnum circus was, indeed — at some point in time! — an occupant of Meyer Ranch Park!
But Hush! What’s that we hear?!?!?
“Grab your seats — the Circus is about to begin!”