Avery Acres Mink Farm

Address: On Highway 74 two miles south of I-70's El Rancho intercahnge.

The site of Avery Acres was originally school land. Irving Ritchie purchased 640 acres in 1924 and began fox farming with a pair of breeding foxes. Ritchie's operation eventually had 600 foxes and 1500 minks. Bert Avery bought the site in 1943 and began breeding Silver Foxes and Pearl Platinum Foxes. The site apparently consisted of furring pens located in long rows of sheds, the refrigerator house and a building that housed a generator to power the humidifiers. From the 1940s through the 1960s there was as many as 21 mink farms in Jefferson County.
Quad Map/Date: Evergreen 1965 (1979)
Sec/Town/Range: S16, T4S, R71W
Elevation: c. 7600
Source: Historic Building Inventory Record #5JF943; Crain, Mary Helen, "Canyon Courier," 'Our Fur Farming Neighbors,' January 22, 1959.

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