There's a new town in Colorado. It has about 50 buildings, including a saloon, a church, a jail, a firehouse, a livery and a train station. Soon, it will have a mansion on a hill so the town's founder can look down on his creation. But don't expect to move here — or even to visit.
This town is billionaire Bill Koch's fascination with the Old West rendered in bricks and mortar. It sits on a 420-acre meadow on his Bear Ranch below the Raggeds Wilderness Area in Gunnison County. It's an unpopulated, faux Western town that might boggle the mind of anyone who ever had a playhouse. Its full-size buildings come with polished brass and carved-mahogany details and are fronted with board sidewalks and underpinned by a water-treatment system. A locked gate with guards screens who comes and goes.
Koch's project manager has told county officials that the enclave in the middle of the 6,400-acre Bear Ranch won't ever be open to the public. It is simply for Koch's amusement and for that of his family and friends — and historians. It is the ultimate repository for his huge collection of Western memorabilia.
Originally posted by seeker1963
reply to post by Blackmarketeer
Ya know, nothing against ANYONE who worked for their money. They earned it! My issue is how they politically use their monetary power to screw the rest of us "po fok"! I see one party blame the Koch brothers then we have the other party who worships George Soros, and then we have BOTH parties who bow down to their corporate masters, while we all get screwed!!
I hope the guys that are into metal scrapping have a field day with this place! Nothing like rubbing your wealth into the faces of all the people you are screwing...........eh?
Originally posted by buster2010
Sharpie party anyone?
How was he even allowed to build this without having rights to the land?
I forgot the wealthy can do as they please in this country laws are for the commoners.
The Bureau of Land Management should deny this and the sue his butt off for destroying public property.edit on 21-8-2012 by buster2010 because: (no reason given)
This town is billionaire Bill Koch's fascination with the Old West rendered in bricks and mortar.
It sits on a 420-acre meadow on his Bear Ranch
below the Raggeds Wilderness Area in Gunnison County.
This view of Bill Koch's re-created Old West town is from a public road running across Bureau of Land Management land. Koch wants to acquire the public land in a trade for other property he owns in Colorado and Utah. (De von Meyers, Special to The Denver Post)