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Stories of Summit County
The first generation homesteaders changed the demographics from mines and miners to ranches and families. We plan to keep collecting and sharing the stories of these Summit County homesteaders.
Emma Benson Bailiff
In 1914 Emma received a patent for 160 acres located between Dillon and Frisco. This patent is listed as a cash sale, meaning the land was purchased, not homesteaded, by Ballif from the federal government in 1914. According to her neighbors, Emma did all the work by herself on the ranch.