(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1859]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                      WALKER FAMILY RANCH TRIBUTE


                          HON. SCOTT R. TIPTON

                              of colorado

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 13, 2011

  Mr. TIPTON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Walker Family 
Ranch of Westcliffe, Colorado. George Walker purchased a 240-acre piece 
of property in Custer Country and along with his wife and daughter, 
began a ranching company.
  George's daughter Hazel soon married Willard Walker and in 1939, 
George passed the farm property onto his daughter and son-in-law. The 
couple continued the Walker ranching practice and expanded the property 
to 882 acres. The ranch functioned year-round as a cattle ranch.
  After Willard Walker's passing in 1968, Hazel and her family 
maintained the ranch and in 1971, formed the W.A.W. Cattle Ranch, Inc. 
Today, the W.A.W. is an active cattle ranch in the Wet Mountain Valley 
  The Walker Family Ranch has been chosen by the Centennial Farms 
Program as one of its eighteen 2011 honorees. The program honors farms 
that have long contributed to the agricultural success and foundation 
of the State of Colorado.
  Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to recognize the Walker Family Ranch. The 
ranch is a valuable cultural and historic asset to Colorado and our 
state is truly blessed to have such a vibrant presence of American 
entrepreneurial spirit.