Jesse W. Hockett Homestead Heritage Fencing Project
The BLM Kremmling Field Office participated in the 2006 Grand County National Public Lands Day event, which involved partnering with the U.S. Forest Service Sulphur District, National Park Service, and Headwaters Trails Alliance to complete several projects within Grand County.
The KFO project involved constructing two buck and rail fences and the installing two pedestrian gates. The fencing will protect a homestead dating back to the 1920’s that is experiencing neglect and cattle degradation from livestock using the site for protection from the elements. The homestead was filed on in 1911 and consists of a homestead, two stone lined wells, cellars and other ranch buildings. The site continues to see visitors who come on organized trails rides and cattle drives. Jesse’s wife died in 1915, his son Harold in 1918. Jesse died in 1946, and all are buried locally in the Kremmling Cemetery. BLM will erect an interpretive sign to tell Jesse’s story and the history of homesteading in Middle Park next year.
Six volunteers and four BLM staff participated in this year’s project. Staff Archaeologist Frank Rupp conducted a presentation to the volunteers on the history of the homestead and the importance of protecting the site. The four BLM staff did preparatory work involving the cutting of bucks for the fencing, and delivering the materials to the work site. The on-site work involved moving buck and rail to the area designated and flagged by the staff archeologist. Volunteers and staff constructed 300’ of buck and rail fencing, and installed one of the two pedestrian gates. With the aid of volunteers of the National Public Lands Day event, a significant savings in labor and important partnerships and community outreach is formed.