Just came across this site and thought I would join in. I worked for the Colorado State Patrol as a telecommunications technician 1960-1966 and had the privilege of using many different snow cats. My favorite was a Kristi that I got new in 1964. Below is my Kristi at a microwave station near Coaldale Colorado.
That is a really nice picture, I knew those mountains looked familiar, they must be the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Thank you for sharing this picture!
The Colorado State Patrol purchased 10 Kristis over the years from 1961-1966. If you received that Kristi in 1964, then it could be serial number 00146 or 00147. Both were delivered 6/23/64 to the CSP. 00146 is still around, view the details of it here: http://www.kristisnowcat.com/registry/KT3/00146/index.asp
Here are two CSP pictures from 1964.
This one was labeled Storm King 1964.
This one was also labeled Storm King, but also labeled Monarch Pass, Merle Keil. Perhaps you know Merle or can confirm these locations.
I went to College with a guy named Eric Ford, his dad was a Communications guy located in Buena Vista for many years and remembers the Kristis too.
If you have any other photos you are willing to share, you can email them to me at email@example.com . I am actively working on the history but it is taking some time to complete. I have several hundred pictures from the 1950s to 1970s. I am putting together stories from previous owners and will have them in the History section.
Thanks again, hope to hear from you soon.
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The top photo could be any of several Colorado sites including Coaldale and Monarch in my service area.
The station in the bottom is definitely not Monarch Pass. The Monarch building was mostly underground due to the high winds. That may be Merle, he was stationed in Montrose. I was stationed at Buena Vista and worked with him on the state microwave system. I was the first CSP tech in Buena Vista, transferred there in 1963. The first snow cat I had there was a Tucker with two rear pontoon tracks and skis in the front---but that is another horror story.
I do have a few more photos, including one of Monarch and my Kristi. Will get them out and send them to you.
My Kristi in Buena Vista was known as CSP snow cat 7 if you happen to see a number 7 on a Kristi someplace.
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