Meet The Team

Steve Chapman

Steve is a historian, writer, and serial entrepreneur. In addition to leading tours, he authors the 'Salida Sam' historical book series, A Salida Moment in History radio vignettes, and produces the History Does Rhyme podcast.  Steve is president of Salida Heritage Days, an annual three-day festival, and sits on the Historic Preservation Commission. When not scratching his history itch, he's most often in the mountains with Gina (a 2005 Jeep Wrangler) and Rez (a 2018 red heeler/Basenji mix).

DJ DeJong

D.J. is a former Denver teacher who moved to Chaffee County after retiring from 25 years in the classroom. With a long history in the area, her family built a cabin here in 1968, she now lives in Buena Vista and works as a reporter for The Mountain Mail in Salida. DJ enjoys sharing the history of the area and stories she grew up with, along with a few creepy tales of old Buena Vista.

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