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Rye is located in the south-west corner of Pueblo County and is a busy little community with its many club, church and school activities. It received ample moisture last year to break the drought of many years. Bumper crops of hay and grain were harvested and pasture lands were green once again. Early and heavy fall snows prevented gathering of some grains until late November when the framer had to change his working hours to dark to dawn so tractors could be driven over frozen ground.
The farmer is greatly encouraged by the moisture of 1957 and has brighter hopes for 1958.
Rye has progressed by adding an automatic chlorinator to the gravity flow water system. The rural fire district has added two emergency vehicles to its equipment. One is to be used as an ambulance. The second is a heavy duty four-wheeled drive truck to be used in the mountainous areas for rescue work.
Fire Chief M.J. Dykes reports only on major fire in the area in 1957. A fire on the J. B. Gamble ranch wiped out a cage house with 1,000 laying hens, feed and small adjoining buildings.
Rye has a 12-year school and due to the increased enrollment in 1957 one class is held in the basement of the Rye Home Church and music classes are held in the town hall.
Three churches hold services at Rye, the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of the latter Day Saints and the Methodist Rye Home Church. The Methodist Church has excavated the basement of a new parsonage. The present parsonage will be used for additional class rooms for the Sunday school. The Junior Choir, sponsored by the Rye Women’s Club and directed by Carl Hark Hey, gave a series of song festivals to raise money to purchase robes.
The only industry in Rye is the Greenhorn Valley Creamery. In addition to processing milk produced by local dairymen, cottage cheese, ice cream and potato salad are made and shipped over the state ant to many towns in New Mexico. A modern frozen food locker also serves the area.
In September the Rye Booster Club was born. Many Rye residents from other states greatly admired the fall beauty of the nearby mountains, which was enjoyed by the natives. Wishing to share the fall beauty with others, Rye sponsored the first Aspencade in October. A barbeque was also held. The proceeds from the tour and dinner was used by the Boosters Club to finance the making of Christmas decorations to make Rye Santa Claus headquarters of Southern Colorado.
Life size statues were made and placed in a mile-long Nativity Scene beginning at the St. Aloysius Church one mile east of Rye and ending at the Rye Home Church with a 20-foot star overlooking the scene. The town of Rye was dressed in the traditional scenes of Christmas along with giant toys from Santa’s workshop. The Boosters Club will add to its decorations each year and keep Rye on the map as one of the best Christmas decorated little towns in Colorado.
San Isabel, located north of Rye is a popular summer vacation and picnic area. The forest service completed the first of a five-year program to enlarge the picnic areas. New water wells were drilled and water lines put into operation to serve the vast numbers who take advantage of the hiking boating, fishing and other sports.
The State Game and Fish Department keeps San Isabel Lake stocked with legal size fish for the sportsman. The mountains surrounding San Isabel is a hunters’ paradise in deer season.
State Highway 165 from Crow Junction through San Isabel is being linked north with Highway 76 and 96 to make a circle drive through the mountains. It is hoped that the last five miles of road to complete the circle will be constructed in 1958. This highway will be oiled and maintained as a year-around route which will offer more winter and summer playground to Colorado residents.
A new housing development was opened one and a half miles south of Rye last summer. Many homes already are under construction and will be occupied soon. When 1958 bring warm weather more homes will be built adding more year-around residents to the already expanded area.