Colorado4x4.org celebrates 15 years!
I registered the Colorado4x4.org domain name on January 20th, 2001. I don't have a screenshot of the first page, but it was comically simple. What followed in February was a little better (thanks to the wayback machine):
15 years later after one major database crash that forced a reset of everything
, a transition from Ultimate Bulletin Board software to vBulletin, a change of hosting services, a few server moves, numerous "entertaining" server outages and other fun challenges, here we are.
Created as a resource by friends for friends this website has seen its share of happy times (couples met here and married
, birth announcements were made
, etc) and sad times (friends lost too soon
). I still have the same Jeep as when I started this site (I've had it ~25 years now in fact), but over these 15 years I moved from Gunbarrel to Firestone to the in-laws in Castle Rock to a motel in the foothills (1 month test drive of mtn living) to an apartment in Broomfield to an RV on a raw plot of land for 9 months while we built our current home on the same plot of land. Along the way I got married, created a family (two kiddos, Alyssa and Austin) and built a house (no, still not finished). I'm not a web geek but I learned quite a bit about creating a maintaining a site like this. It hasn't been perfect and certainly frustrating at times, but the hours were always worth it. I've met countless friendly faces from this website who I couldn't hope to name all. Hopefully you gained something positive from this 15 year experiment as well.
Cheers to 15 years! Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped me keep this site online and to all of the members who made this little corner of the internet something special.