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Bar D Chuckwagon


Bar D Chuckwagon

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Durango Herald Online [cached]

Cy Scarborough, right, talks with Steve Johnson, a firefighter with Turk Water, of Helena, Mont., who helped save the Bar-D from the Missionary Ridge Fire last Thursday.

Johnson and other firefighters gave Scarborough an autographed pulaski, a type of fire ax.
"It is a special night," Cy Scarborough, who founded the Bar-D in 1969, said Wednesday."We're just fortunate as we can be to have this."
Wednesday night, the Bar-D officially resumed operations.It closed last Thursday when the Missionary Ridge Fire swept through, destroying four homes north of the Bar-D, but leaving other buildings, including those at the Bar-D, virtually untouched.
"It's good to be here," Scarborough said before the evening's meal and performance of Western music by the Bar-D Wranglers.The Wranglers have sung under the pines on summer nights for 34 years, never missing a day until last week.Riders in the Sky also performed.
In that time, 2 million people have visited the Bar-D.So when news hit that the Bar-D was lost, that a raging fire had consumed it, there were some damp eyes.
Scarborough is 75 years old, after all.But he has the energy of a much younger man.What else could explain Scarborough staying to hose buildings and clear ground as a firestorm dropped down off Missionary Ridge, tossing burning branches and starting spot fires all around?
Finally, when fires started in the forest between East Animas Road (County Road 250) and the Bar-D parking lot, Scarborough and four firefighters drove out through thick smoke, barely finding their way to the road.
When the worst of the firestorm ended, firefighters returned.Scarborough learned Friday that the Bar-D was saved.
But not all was good news: Bar-D Wrangler guitarist Gary Cook's home burned.Scarborough's son, Rick, lost his home, too.
Wednesday evening, the firefighters who stayed with Cy Scarborough to the bitter end returned with a gift: a gold-painted pulaski they'd signed.
Scarborough invited all firefighters to the Bar-D to eat for free this summer.
After explaining to the 620 people in attendance the drill for lining up for the meal ("coffee has the right-of-way over the lemonade"), Scarborough offered the customary moment of silence.
A half-minute later he broke it, his voice cracking as he choked out the words:
"And thank you Lord for all the firefighters that saved this place.
The audience rose in applause.

Durango Herald Online [cached]

Cy Scarborough, co-owner of the Bar D Chuckwagon, a popular tourist attraction on East Animas Road (County Road 250), said the week when the fire swept through his side of Missionary Ridge was the only time the 35-year-old business has ever closed its doors.Scarborough still recalls the horror he felt when a television newscast incorrectly reported that the Bar D had been lost.

Cy Scarborough, co-owner of the Bar D, said that the week the fire swept through was the only time the Bar D has ever closed its doors.Now, he's planted trees and some grass and cleaned up the mess.Still, memories are fresh.
He recalls the horror of watching from a distance as the firestorm passed by the Bar D and later seeing false reports on the television news that the Bar D had been lost.
"Every time you go around in the woods or have to (cut) down a tree, it has a pretty sad memory of the fire going through there," he said.

Durango Magazine - What's Inside This Issue - Durango Colorado [cached]

This year, honoring La Plata County's heritage took a step beyond the walls of the museum on May 20, as the La Plata County Historical Society hosted the fourth annual Community Heritage Awards -- this year honoring retiring Bar D Chuckwagon founder Cy Scarborough and the Alva Short family, whose founders homesteaded in south La Plata County in 1902.

Durango Herald Online [cached]

Cy Scarborough, founder of the Bar-D Chuckwagon, said the Bar-D's owners wanted to be in a rural area when they found the property in 1966.With the Walkers' development, Bar-D visitors would be able to see houses through the trees.

"We feel like it could hurt our business, of course, to have that kind of situation, that kind of change, next to us," Scarborough said.

Durango Herald Online [cached]

"Our trees are gone, too, except right in the Chuckwagon, just like Mike's," said Cy Scarborough, founder of the Bar D Chuckwagon.

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