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The Whistle: Legends and Lore of Steamboat Springs

Take part in this great new tradition that honors Steamboat Springs’ rich history.

Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas and the Tread of Pioneers Museum are happy to announce the start of a new tradition: The Whistle: Legends and Lore of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Whistle will sound daily, marking the end of another great day in “The Boat.”

This celebration honors the history of Steamboat Springs and commemorates how the town got its name. It’s said to have originated around the early 1800s when French trappers located a bubbling, spouting mineral spring. They eventually called it “Steamboat Spring” because it made a constant puffing sound that resembled an iconic paddle-wheel steamer of the time.

In line with the legend, the new Whistle is a steam whistle, chosen to symbolize the steamboats that captured the imagination of the early trappers in the area. Daily at 4 p.m. during winter months and 5 p.m. during spring and summer months, guests, locals, and passersby will hear the call (one long, three short, followed by one long) from the deck of Saddles Bar & Grill at the resort.

Every day, an honored guest will be selected to be the “Commodore of the Boat,” and sound the Whistle. The sharing of historical facts, local legends and lore will accompany each sounding. The person sharing the Steamboat story might be a local historian, local Olympian, or an informed member of the resort staff.

Guests are cordially invited to attend this event each day on the resort’s Saddles deck and share in the warm Steamboat spirit. For more information, contact your Concierge at 1-888-792-1678.