George Adams

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George Adams, owner of the Baca Grant and founder of Crestone was a Civil War veteran who got his start roasting peanuts in a new-fangled machine on Larimer Street in Denver after the war. He worked as a cowboy on the Baca Grant and homesteaded north of the Grant on Rita Alto or San Isabel Creek. Eventually he was able to purchase the Grant and develop it by fencing it with barbed wire. This was one of the first large ranches in the west to be fenced. He began building the prize-winning Hereford herd the Grant was notable for.