In 1872 a young Alonzo Hartman came across a gentle crossing of the Continental Divide, Cochetopa Pass, and rode into history. Hartman was a pioneer cattleman and one of the very first settlers on Colorado’s Western Slope. From rough cowhand and friend to the Ute Indians to prominent cattleman and a founding father of the town of Gunnison, Hartman’s story is one of courage, determination and intelligence. Priceless historic photos, many never seen before, add to the fascination of this biography. 

Praise for Dos Rios Memories

An outstanding and well-documented account of one of the two fathers of the Gunnison Country.  Alonzo Hartman came to the Gunnison Country in 1872 when it was a true wilderness. In an excellent and easy to read style, Judy Buffington Sammons covers his life and contributions to ranching, politics and the growth and development of one of the great cattle regions of the nation.
Duane Vandenbusche, Professor of History, Western State Colorado University
Author of many books on western Colorado history

A well rounded, easy reading account of the pioneer rancher in the Gunnison Country.  Alonzo Hartman was truly the father of ranching in Gunnison. This book explores the many facets of his life; family, cowboy, postmaster and civic servant. A much needed documentation of one of the founders of the community in the Gunnison Valley."  
Lee Spann, Gunnison Country Rancher

Once again, Judy Buffington Sammons uses words and historical information to take us back in time to how life must have been when Gunnison was a scrappy, pioneer town. She paints the picture in a way that keeps the reader hooked from start to finish, wishing the story wouldn’t end. And coming from a ranching family herself, Judy gets the cattle business right. A must-read for those of us who love the Gunnison Country and want to know and understand the people who got it started.
Kathleen Curry, Gunnison Country Beef Producer and Former State Legislator

About the Author

Judy Buffington Sammons grew up on a Hereford ranch just northwest of Gunnison. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from Western State Colorado University and has recently retired from a 30-year career teaching math, reading, and English in the field of Adult Education. She is the author of six books and numerous articles on western Colorado history. She is a member of Western Writers of America.

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