Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Fairplay, Colorado: Shorty and Bum
The good people of Fairplay, Colorado, sure know how to honor their favorite animals, according to Roadside America. Start with Prunes, a burro that worked in the mines for decades. He's honored by the display shown; his collar is underglass.
Shorty, meanwhile, was a burro that was virtually adopted by the community. Bum was a dog that hung around Shorty whenever possible. When Shorty died, Bum was so down that he plopped down on the grave and wouldn't move. When Bum died, the two animals were buried together.
This is all in the town square. It doesn't take long to drive around Fairplay to find it, as you might expect.
If you are driving into the Rockies and not taking the Interstate (such as on a trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park), this is a good place to stretch a bit. And congratulations on doing your homework and finding out about this place before you left.