After 62 years on North Nevada Avenue, Western Horseman magazine is saddling up for Fort Worth, Texas.
Morris Communications, the magazine’s owner, has several other equine magazines that are based in Fort Worth and Western Horseman’s publisher is located there.
“I’m really saddened to hear that it’s leaving town,” said Randy Witte, the magazine’s former publisher, who retired in 2006.
Officials at Western Horseman and Morris Communications did not respond to questions about the move.
The magazine employed about 10 people in the Springs, most of whom were offered jobs in Fort Worth or who will work from home in Colorado.
The move also leaves up in the air the fate of the magazine’s offices at 3850 N. Nevada Ave. — modeled after the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, N.M., the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country.
“That is a beautiful old building,” Witte said. “I hope that is put to some good use.”
Western Horseman was founded in 1936 by Paul Albert in Lafeyette, Calif. After Albert’s death, the magazine was sold in 1943 to department store and publishing magnate John Ben Snow, who brought it to Colorado Springs in 1948 and built the headquarters on North Nevada.
For decades, the building sat on five acres and included stables behind the office, where staff and visitors would shelter their steeds.
Morris Communications bought the publication in 2001. The magazine has a national circulation of about 150,000.
In an e-mail, Sherry Compton, media department manager for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association, said Western Horseman would be missed in the Springs.
“Over the many years, they have been a great partner to the PRCA and we will miss having them as neighbors here in town,” Compton said. “I’m sure that the PRCA will continue to work with Western Horseman and we send them our very best wishes for continued success in their new headquarters.”
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