I get calls at least once a month from someone asking if we have anything on springs or water improvements or such. The histories are a valuable research tool.

We've learned where people came from, how they got water. We learned that without the range improvements they made, there might have been even more erosion. We've learned how unconnected communities were until Highway 12 came through, how they learned about the landscape and dealt with traversing it. We've learned how much courage it took. It's just a beautiful web of stories.