THE PINTO BEAN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
In his younger days Zane Grey, writer of western fiction, lived for a time in Dove Creek, and much of his novel Riders of the Purple Sage is said to have been written here. There are several elderly townsfolk who identify themselves with characters in the book.
- Colorado, A Guide To the Highest State (WPA, 1941)
Dove Creek, Colorado is the Pinto Bean Capital of the World. The biggest landmark near the town is an enormous bean elevator that can be seen from miles around.
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Amadee Ricketts is an At-Large Guide to the West. She’s worked as a cemetary groundskeeper, a shoeshine valet, and a bill collector. More recently, she’s been a children’s librarian in five states. She takes a lot of pictures and lives near Durango, CO. You can see her photos at textless.tumblr.com.