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Leckenby and Larson Pioneer Awards

Every year the Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee associated with the Tread of Pioneers Museum presents two awards that honor persons who have enriched the quality of life in Routt County. These citizens have served our public institutions, preserved our local history, or contributed significantly to the county’s heritage. Since 1980, the Leckenby Pioneer Award is given to a living person in Routt County; since 1982, the Stanley L. Larson Award is given posthumously. The committee requests your help in assuring that people from all parts of the county are considered and nominated for these awards.

The nominees of the Leckenby Pioneer Award should:
1. Have lived a total of 30 years in the county. The nominee does not have to be living here now.
2. Be involved with the community, responsive to community needs (past and present) and serve as a representative of the history of the community.
3. Demonstrate personal integrity.
4. Be inspirational to youth.

Past recipients of the Leckenby Award: Ferry Carpenter, Walt Webber, Lewis Phillips, Ayliffe and Henry Zehner, Dorothy Wither, John "Doc" Utterback, Margaret Rossi, Val Fitzpatrick, Bobby Robinson Sr., Evelyn and Quentin Semotan, Gordy Wren, Eldon Brummett, Effie Baily, Eleanor Bliss, Vernon Summer, Marvin Elkins, Pat Holderness, Lowell Whiteman, Dee Richards, Don Lufkin, Pete Wither, Elaine Gay, Bill Bowes, Natalie Stanko, Linda Long, Frances Wither, Sam Haslem, Dr. Bill Baldwin, Mary Jean Perry, Bud and Jane Romberg, Donna Hellyer, Judy Green, Peter “Mike” Yurich, Bill McKelvie, Bill Gay, Jim Stanko, Jerry Green, Marion Gibson, Noreen Moore, and Paul and Ellen Bonnifield.

The qualifications for the Stanley L. Larson Award are:
1. The nominee must have lived in Routt County and must now be deceased.
2. The nominee must have made a major contribution to Routt County.

Past recipients of the Larson Award: Claude Luekens, James H. Crawford, Charles H. Leckenby, Dr. F.E. Willett, James Norvell, Charles Neiman, Minnie Hertzog, Carl Howelsen, Everett Bristol, Lulita Crawford Pritchett, Emma Willcockson, Bob Gay, Winnie Carrol, Charlotte Perry, Portia Mansfield, Joseph “Shorty” Hamidy, Thomas I. Lindley, William S. “Bill” Green, Gates Gooding, Dr. John V. Solandt, George Cook, Delano Scott, Sumner Hockett, Geraldine Elkins, Clarence Light, Delmar Vance Coyner, Robert “Bob” Moss, Chuck Fulton, John Fetcher, Bill Meek, Don Brookshire, Benita Bristol, Jan Vail, Jan Leslie, Lewis Kemry, Jim Golden and Lucile Bogue.

For both awards, the committee considers the individual's involvement in community activities such as volunteerism, supporting organizations, serving on various boards and advisory groups, and working with youth and others to not only preserve local history, but also to make the community a better place to live for all.

We hope that you will submit a nomination for these awards. A short summary of the nominee would be very helpful in our decision-making. You can email it to cbannister@treadofpioneers.org. Please include your contact information and submit nominations by Sept. 30, 2020. You may resubmit a nomination that was submitted in previous years. Our committee will review previous years’ nominees as well as current nominees.


Candice Bannister, Executive Director
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute and Arapaho peoples, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.