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Last Dollar Ranch featured in Country magazine

Posted by on August 1, 2011

Country magazine, August/September 2011

The August/September 2011 issue of Country magazine includes an 8-page story that includes the history of the Last Dollar Ranch in Southwestern Colorado, and how the ranch was restored and placed in a conservation easement. The article is beautifully illustrated with images captured by well-known photographers, including John Fielder, Christopher Marona and Roger Wade.

We are honored by the Country editor’s demonstrated interest in the ranch and its colorful story. Vince and Joan Kontny started the Double Shoe Publishing Company for the sole purpose of documenting their two ranches (the Last Dollar and the Centennial) in a series of books.

The book A Ranching Legacy includes artist sketches of all the wildlife found on the ranches, as well as photos and text covering the ranch operations. A Heritage in Iron is a tribute to the skilled blacksmiths who hand-forged the hardware for the ranches, and Last Dollar Ranch documents with photos and text the history of this beautiful piece of property.

For more information or to order any of these titles, e-mail, or call 970-249-2898.


2 Responses to Last Dollar Ranch featured in Country magazine

  1. Pamela Bird

    You were introduced to me by Country Magazine. My paternal grandparents homesteaded at Crook, CO near Sterling. I have in my possession postcards and letters sent back to family in NW Illinois. Up until now I have written of their meeting and marriage in Omaha in 1908. As much of the information is from their homesteading years between 1908 and 1913, the Legacy book sounds like it could be very helpful to me. Their correspondence provides me with some day-to-day life, but the buildings and contents are not described. Neither are the animals and the surroundings. In your opinion, would I gain from the book? I’m very excited about the possibility that your work might fill in some of the blanks for me. Thank you.

  2. jmodspc

    Hi Pamela:
    Thanks for your comment! The book “A Ranching Legacy,” contains information from that era, but for ranches in southwestern Colorado. However, another one of our books, “The Life & Times of Vince Kontny, Volume 1: The Early Years” is all about what life was like in Northeastern Colorado during that time frame. This book recently received the National Indie Excellence Award for autobiographies. You can learn more about this book by clicking on our Publications page (see menu at the top or bottom of the screen), and then clicking on the Volume 1 title. You can order any of the publications from their individual pages or from our store page. Thanks again for your comment!