Details on the I Bar Venue
The I Bar is an authentic western heritage event center that seats up to 515. It is situated on a 10 acre converted hay meadow, 250 ft off of the Tomichi Creek at the base of ‘W’ Mountain in beautiful Gunnison, CO. The Colorado DOW operates the buffer of land between our venue and Tomichi Creek and offers access to amazing fly fishing and equestrian/hiking opportunities.
The I Bar is situated 1.5 miles southeast of downtown Gunnison behind Jorgenson Park and the Pioneer Museum. Its unique setting is what makes it very special; just on the edge of town, but deep into the quiet spaces of agriculture and recreation.
The venue is a converted hay barn with stage, lighting & sound. While the sides are open to provide fresh air and scenery, there are curtains that can be closed for inclement weather. The venue is in operation from May-October for community orientated events.
History of the I Bar Brand
Powderhorn, CO rancher, William Clark Howard, originated the I Bar Brand. Three generations of the Howard family have since passed along the I Bar brand. Ed Howard’s grandfather, William Clark Howard, came to Lake City, CO in the 1880’s to work in the mines. He then operated a freight business driving teams of horses and loaded wagons destined to the railroad in Creede. In the early 1900’s, he got into cattle ranching in the Powderhorn and Cathedral area where he began using the I Bar brand. His son, David Howard took over the ranch and operated it until 1977 when the reigns were handed to Ed Howard. The current use of the I Bar brand at the I Bar Ranch was permitted by Powderhorn, CO rancher, Ed Howard.
The I Bar venue was first built and operated by Dick Bratton and Gary McCorkhill, brothers-in-law of Ed Howard, in 1993. The current ownership falls under the Gunnison Valley Properties, LLC.
The I Bar Brand is valuable because of its simplicity making it easy to use and easy to read.