The Hermit of Hubbard Creek, Rueben Dove, spent the last years of his life as a recluse, living under a ledge up Hubbard Creek. Learn more about him at a presentation in Hotchkiss on March 17.
In 1888 Dove was arrested by Gunnison County sheriff, Doc Shores, for setting railroad ties on fire. Dove maintained that a railroad contractor had cheated him out of payment for the ties he had cut. The contractor rejected the ties, but took them anyway, without paying Rueben. Dove spent a few months in the Gunnison County jail, but was acquitted of the crime. He vowed then to never work for anyone again.
While he was never accused, Dove may have robbed the Ouray bank for a source of funds. He paid for what supplies he needed with $20 gold pieces. He was found gravely ill in the spring of 1926 and taken to relatives near Crawford, where he died.
Jill Vandenburg has researched the life of Rueben Dove for several years. She will present a program on Dove's life at the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum at 180 Second Street in Hotchkiss on Saturday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.