Fort Westernaire, Elmer Wyland’s Vision

Thirty years ago this month, the “Red Barn” at Fort Westernaire burned down. Westernaires Alumni posted the story on Instagram and sent us a link via Twitter. Our connection with these folks was triggered when we posted the following photo on Twitter back in January.

Hazel Humphrey, left, presents Centennial Site plaque to [unidentified] and Elmer Wyland of Fort Westernaire, 1975, on behalf of the Historical Commission.

Hazel Humphrey, left, presents Centennial Site plaque to [unidentified] and Elmer Wyland of Fort Westernaire, 1975, on behalf of the Historical Commission.

Elmer Wyland, founder of Westernaires and Hall of Fame honoree.

Elmer Wyland, founder of Westernaires and Hall of Fame honoree.

Elmer Wyland (1900-1983) built the Westernaires out of his enthusiasm for horses and horsemanship, and his desire to serve the young people of Jefferson County. The organization he founded and spent 35 years developing is still going strong today. Elmer Wyland was designated a Jefferson County Hall of Fame honoree in 1986.

In 2005, 5280 magazine profiled Wyland’s project and Glen Keller, Elmer Wyland’s successor as lead wrangler of the famed Westernaires.

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3 Responses to Fort Westernaire, Elmer Wyland’s Vision

  1. Fran Loft says:

    Love hearing about local history! Thanks Historic Jeffco – great magazine and newsletter.

  2. Pingback: Hazel Humphrey’s Dedication to Jeffco History | Historic Jeffco

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