James Crawford staked his claim to land in the Yampa Valley because of its mineral springs, lush grasses, river and streams. Today, in the 20th Century it really hasn't changed much. He was convinced the land's abundance would provide comfort and security for his family. He was not alone in that belief. By the end of the Crawfords' first year in the Yampa Valley, pioneers were gathering. Within ten years, the settlement had a newspaper. By 1900, residents were electing their first town council, having established its charter. Electricity, automobiles and the railroad ended Steamboat's frontier outpost era. Neighbors came together to bring refinement to their rough-hewn town, nurturing churches, schools, art, dance and entertainment. Throughout its first 100 years, Steamboat's citizens have steadied their community's course on its way from settlement to city. For more information on Steamboat's History. For Historical Photos of Steamboat Springs.