Volume 4: The Golden Years
By Vince Kontny ($40)
Published 2016, 248 pages (full color)
The final book in a four-volume series, this memoir covers the quest for locating, purchasing and restoring an historic ranch in Southwest Colorado. The story begins with a dream the author had in his early years and the vision that never left his mind throughout his travels around the world. As life happened, a second historic ranch was also located, purchased and restored as part of the journey.
With a salute to the hard-working, creative and resilient pioneers who homesteaded not only Southwest Colorado, but the entire west, the author describes what life was like on these beautiful but challenging ranches. As time marched on and the original owners passed into history, Kontny picked up the reins of stewardship and sought out organizations that supported conservation easements as a way of preserving this priceless slice of Americana for future generations.
Readers with an interest in the history of the American West, ranching and preservation will appreciate the foresight, thought, hard work and heartfelt care woven into this volume.