History on the auction block: Hott family collectibles to benefit western heritage

Photo courtesy JR Ford
R.D. Hott, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 86, collected items and history passed down from his family.

When 5-year-old Jule Macht, along with his family, trekked over Elwood Pass to Archuleta County in 1883, few probably would have predicted the impact they would have on what Archuleta County is today and what it could be in the future.

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Photo courtesy JR Ford
Several of the Macht family children pose for a photo in the early 1900s. In back, left to right, are Joe, Will and Charles Betts. In front, left to right, are Harry, Emma and Jule.
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A young R.D. Hott, right, and his cousin stand atop a Fourth of July parade float for the family’s Mill Creek Ranch.