"CaPR's Rooney of the Rockies"
all have Colorado names like
Dune, Pike, Breckenridge.
We named you Rooney,
Actually CaPR's Rooney of the Rockies.
You are named after Alexander Rooney,
Settler from Anamosa, Iowa,
Moved to Colorado
in the spring of 1860.
seeking his fortune in gold
in the foothills
southwest of Denver
In a grassy valley,
with good water
between Mount Hendricks
(now known as Green Mountain)
and a long hogback
now called Dinosaur Ridge
because the footprints of lots of big critters,
mostly Iguanadon, but also
diplodocus, allosaurus and stegosaurus
have been found there.
Rooney and his wife Emeline
Grew the ranch to 4400 acres,
Built a two-story stone farmhouse,
raised six children,
regularly interacted with the Ute Indians,
who had been meeting on the land for hundreds of years,
imported shaggy haired Galloway cattle from Missouri,
bred Morgan horses for the US Calvary and British Army
It's been 160 years,
Alexander Rooney's descendants
still operate Rooney Ranch,
now the oldest property
continuously owned by one family
in Jefferson County
The ranch is smaller now
Only 1300 acres,
But the stone farmhouse still stands
and there are still cattle.
And now there is a four-legged descendant,
CAPR'S Rooney of the Rockies.
(C) Carol Wilcox, 2021
Rooney at Dinosaur Ridge (Summer 2020)
Love this history I didn't know, Carol. Rooney must be proud to carry it on!
Loved learning the story of Rooney's name and seeing him pose beside a dinosaur.
Canine Rooney does his name proud.
What a story!
Good Job Ms.wilcox i Love rooney
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