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HOME OF RED RYDER & LITTLE BEAVER! FRED HARMAN ART MUSEUM


Registered as a historical site, the Fred Harman Art Museum for- merly the home of Fred Harman, is lovingly run by the artist’s son Fred Harman III and his wife Norma. Fred Harman, who died in 1982, was one of the founders of the Cowboy Artists of America. In addition to becoming one of the country’s foremost painters of the American West, he was also the creator of the world-fa- mous cartoon strip, “Red Ryder and Little Beaver.” Fred Harman was also an established sculptor and illustrator. He was likewise a great humanitarian. Te gregarious Fred Har- man lived and worked at one time or another in various parts of the U.S. but his heart was always in Colorado, particularly the South- western part known as “the four corners.” Fred


began working to help support his two younger brothers at age 15 on ranches around the land in Pagosa his grandfather, Fred Senior homesteaded in the 1880’s.


Fred Harman’s “Red Ryder” became almost an overnight sen- sation. Te cartoon strip appeared in 750 newspapers with 40 million readers. Soon there came a radio show, 38 movies and 40 commercial products. Fred Harman continued to draw “Red Ryder” until 1963. By 1965, he was the most widely known living artist portraying the American West. Also by this time, Harman was well known and loved by his fellow “cowboy artists”. In that


San Juan Sky Outfitters: Ultimate Train & Trail Ride


Your ultimate western adventure is just beginning as you leave Durango on the 8:15 a.m. steam train bound for Silver- ton. At Elk Park, deep in the Weminuche Wilderness Area, Dean Mize of San Juan Sky Outfitters is waiting with horses to meet you.


You get off the train ready to ride. Here along the Animas River you will begin your trek up the Colorado Trail to the top of the San Juan Skyway. On a clear day you will see over twenty mountain peaks as you ascend. At about half way to the summit you will stop at the Animas Riv- er overlook. Here an outfitter’s tent is waiting with table, chairs and a fire pit.


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As you relax, take photos, and soak in the spectacular views, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and chicken are being grilled for lunch. Chips, candy bars and drinks are also included.


On your way out be sure to keep your camera handy, you will want pictures of the 60-foot waterfall as you ride by. Once you reach the top your shuttle will take you into Silverton in time to catch the 3:30 p.m. train back to Durango.


To learn more check out www.sanjuan- skyoutfitters.com or the Durango Train website at www.durangotrain.com.


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same year, 1965, five of them came together in Sedona, Arizona and founded the “Te Cowboy Artists of America”. Fred Harman loved his fellow man and it seemed that the greater his success became, the more time he somehow found to help others. One of the many honors that he was especially proud of was being adopted into the Navajo Nation; one of only 75 white men in his- tory to receive this unusual tribute.


You will find displays of original Fred Harman Paintings, Red Ryder® &Little Beaver® Comic Strips plus Rodeo, Movie & Western Memorabilia and many of the artist’s personal effects at this interesting museum. Located at the top of the knoll beyond the lodge and lake in Pagosa Springs, the museum lies about two miles from the center of town. Call (970) 731-5785 for museum hours or visit www.harmanartmuseum.com.


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