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A life well lived; a legacy and landmark celebrated

Guests took in the amazing views at Cherokee Ranch & Castle’s annual Waterloo Birthday Celebration in honor of Tweet Kimball.

Article and photos by Nancy Koontz

The annual Waterloo Birthday Celebration at the Cherokee Ranch & Castle on June 18 was extra special this year because it not only celebrated what would have been Tweet Kimball’s 102nd birthday, it also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation.

Tweet Kimball began the tradition of her Waterloo Birthday Celebration, and the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation has continued the tradition for the past two decades.  

Featuring a western extravaganza theme, appetizers, castle tours, dinner/open bar, silent and live auctions and music by Carlos Washington & Steel Horse, the event is a Colorado Ranch & Castle Foundation fundraiser.  This year’s fundraising efforts focused on a much needed tractor for the ranch. 

Mildred Montague Genevieve “Tweet” Kimball, who passed away on January 14, 1999 at 84, gathered together one of the nation’s rarest art and book collections that can be viewed at the Castle during scheduled tours and year-round events.  If you have not seen Cherokee Ranch & Castle, you should plan to attend one of its events.  The scenery is stunning, and the life of Tweet Kimball comes alive as you walk through the remarkable one-of-a kind property.

Tweet Kimball, who originally came from a Tennessee ranching family, donated the land and the Scottish-style castle for all to enjoy.  It is now in the good hands of the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, under the leadership of James Holmes and his team, as they carry on and enhance many of Tweet’s wishes and traditions.       



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