Photo by Hank Lohmeyer
Sawyers at work
The working sawmill at the Max Speer Antique Power display east of Delta is one of the most popular living history displays there. The annual antique power show took place June 2-3 with many fans of local pioneer and historical heritage wondering about the display’s future following Max Speer’s death in February. The many working displays and period artifacts in the collection are a testament to rugged pioneer independence, ingenuity and will to survive. The wild lands of a newly opened continent filled with resources were waiting to be tapped by human endeavor, and settlers of Delta County and the Western Slope proved worthy of the task.