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in schoolchildren and they have meetings
there, and they try to show, you know, how
the river that runs through it should be
managed and how the meadow should be
managed. It still bears the name Carpenter
Ranch, and the family still goes over for a
reunion once a year. They’re very gracious
and invite us back. So it’s almost like having
the ranch but not having to operate it.
Q: How many acres?
A: I think we sold 890 acres to the Nature
Conservancy. The ranch was many, many
times that size, and was sold off gradually.
All the Nature Conservancy bought were
headquarters and the lands on one side of
the Yampa River. It’s an irrigated ranch;
it’s all hay and irrigated pasture.
county attorney, he was town attorney,
he was district attorney, and he was in
the Colorado Legislature. He had a lot of
political contacts. He wasn’t a full-time
lawyer like I am; he was always doing other
Q: You came of age during World War II.
Did you anticipate going?
A: I certainly thought I would be going.
Later I did go into the service, but I was
able to go to college and law school before
I went into the service. I went into the Navy
just a couple months before the end of the
Q: Why real estate law?
A: The clients tell you where to go.
Carpenter on the family ranch in 1947. “I love doing ranch sales,” he says, because “it involves so many different issues,” and because “I do know something
about owning a ranch.”
Q: It’s where you grew up, right? What
kind of chores did you have?
A: At our ranch, we put up a lot of hay.
Working in the hayfield is one place where a
young boy can take a man’s place with a—in
my day—team of horses. Now a tractor.
I’ve milked a lot of cows. We had four
or five cows, and they had to be milked
twice a day. My father was also a lawyer;
we didn’t live or die by what happened to
the ranch, but we ran it like a real ranch
and we had a wonderful herd of registered
purebred Hereford cattle that were well-known in this part of the country. That was
my father’s signature.
Q: What kind of lawyer was your father? A
A: Yes, and he was a politician, too. He was