Having maintained an active real estate license since 1978, it is exciting to live and work in an area with some of the most beautiful real estate in the world. The resplendent beauty of Chaffee and Saguache County is only exceeded by the incredible diversity to be found. The close proximity to outstanding hiking, rafting, hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, snowmobiling, snow skiing, and rock hounding (to name a few) are each added bonuses. The Expansive views from them any 14ers in the Collegiate Peaks area and the Sangre de Cristo Range give way to the stunning and gorgeous Arkansas River Canyon where the views change minute by minute. The abundant wildlife including: elk, bear, big horn sheep, mountain lion, mountain goat, turkey, and many more make the area a paradise for photographers and hunters. Just point the camera in most any direction and click . The result will likely be a masterpiece!
As a fourth-generation Chaffee and Saguache County descendent, what a pleasure it is to travel the paths of numerous ancestors. Prior to relocating to the greater Salida area eight years ago, frequent visits to Salida, Ute Trail, Garfield, Bonanza, and Alder Creek were highlights of my earlier years. Great-grand parents, John and Addie Belle Elarton came to the area in the very earlier 1900 s. Grandparents, O.D. and Edna Elarton lived in Chaffee and northern Saguache County. O.D. worked in the mines and prospected on his own. After moving to Salida in the late 1940 s, he was an active member/officer of the Chaffee County Mineral and Gem Society. Edna, in addition to raising three children including my father Reid (born in Garfield in 1919), was the last Postmistress of the Alder Post Office from 1924 to 1930. Edna s later years were spent as bookkeeper for the old City Market and ultimately the Minit Market Chain.
Between focused efforts in the real estate business, a career in public education evolved. Although a high school teacher (business subjects).