Life in rural Colorado came as a real shock. No malls, no theater, a pride about gasoline that helps keep the national average price high. This and the fact that when you say, "I'm from Colorado," to anyone from the rest of the United States, they think, "Denver."

"Denver" is not Colorado.

In fact, much of what people call "Denver" is not even Denver.

I reside in a rural area approximately 250 miles Southwest of Denver. But do not despair, there are about 40,000 people living here, in an area of 8,100 square miles. 14,000 foot mountains ring this valley which is "flatter than Kansas," believe me, I've been to Kansas.

Thank you for stopping by and please look around. I have collected many pictures of family dating back to the 1800's and some historical information about the different connected families.. Hughes, Hensley, Miller, Biggerstaf, Black, Otis, Struble, Butler and others... Please browse and see if you find a connection...

My family history is by no means complete, however most of what I have is backed up by documentation. If you have differing information, please let me know and we can compare... If you want me to destroy documents, because it conflicts with records that have been entered into some mega church database somewhere, as I have been requested to do, please save the effort and don't ask me.

Richard Hughes





1-    Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars trying to pass a tractor on the highway.

2-    Your idea of a vacation is going to Denver for the weekend.

3-    You measure distance in hours.

4-    You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

5-    You switch from "Heat" to "A/C" in one day.

6-    You use a down comforter in the summer because you have the "A/C" on at 55             degrees.

7-    You are able to drive 65 miles per hour, through 13 feet of snow, during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

8-    People wear hunting clothes at social events.

9-    Men wear corduroy suits with the tags on the sleeve and their tie outside the vest.

10-    You install security lights on your house and garage but leave all the doors unlocked.

11-    You think the major food groups are beef, potatoes, Coors Beer and Mexican.

12-    You carry jumper cables in your car and your girl friend knows how to use them.

13-    Ninety percent of the locals call  jumper cables, "leaper cables."

14-    You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

15-    Driving is better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

16-    You know the names of all four seasons, "Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction."

17-    You think that sexy lingerie is, tube sox and flannel pajamas.

18-    It takes three hours to go to the store for one item because, even if you are in a rush, you have to stop and talk to everyone.

19- These jokes make perfect sense to you and you send them to your friends.