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Alfred Barton

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and
Surrounding Districts, Pages 266
written by W. J. Harper

Alf was the first permanent settler in the Gap, arriving there some time in the 1890's. He built a log shack over a big fast flowing spring, and lived there until his death in the 1930's. He had a trap door in the floor and filled his water pail from the spring beneath.

He was a bachelor, who raised a few cattle and horses and farmed about thirty acres. His land contained a very good hay meadow, which was kept moist by the spring water. In early summer he directed the water flow around the meadow so that the land dried enough to take off the big crop. The system is still in operation and assures a good annual hay crop.

When Alfred Barton lived in Whiskey Gap he used to run the road drag. It was pulled by four horses. Barton would sit on a seat which was in the middle of the drag, and it sure was a dusty job. They did not have road maintenance then.

He would also trap prairie chickens for meat. He used a gopher trap, and would put some grain on the tongue of it, then the prairie chickens would peck at the grain and get caught by their heads.

Alfred Barton homesteaded N 1/2 10-1-23-W4th.

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