State Bridge Lodge
State Bridge Lodge was lost to a fire on Saturday morning, June 2, 2007 but the spirit is alive and well. To everyone who has offered goods, services and general help, myself and the State Bridge Family extend our utmost gratitude. I have received messages of encouragement from all across the state and the country! It has been 5 days since the fire and we are starting to look to the future. Most importantly, my caretaker John Ryder and his hero dog Tatiana are fine and staying in Vail. Although John lost everything his spirits are high and his dog is receiving awards and accolades for her heroic efforts to wake and save John the morning of the fire. Ronnie Tamplen who ran the Boat House also suffered major losses in the fire as did our chef William Howell and to a lesser extent myself. Luckily I didn’t have the time to move in completely and the night of the fire I was at Samana Lounge hosting an event, which flooded, but that is another story.

I have been involved with State Bridge Lodge for over 13 years as a musician, bartender, booking agent, cook, landscaper, security guard, general manager and most recently a managing partner. The first time I played here with my band Short Term memory I was a recent New Jersey transplant, but after experiencing the magic of State Bridge I was hooked on the Colorado summers forever! There is something about this place that seeps into your blood and beckons you to stay. I know many people shared this passion for State Bridge, not just as a music venue but as a type of non-denominational Church for our shared love of music, the river, history and all that is pure about Colorado. The emergency crews who staked out the site over the last 5 days commented on how many people stopped by to pay their respects, all types of people.

THE GREATEST THING ABOUT STATE BRIDGE WAS AND WILL BE THE PEOPLE IT ATTRACTS. I have often said and even wrote songs about the diversity of the Bridge. Bikers, hippies, river rats, married couples with children, young people, old people, ranchers, yuppies, hikers, cowboys and people living just off the radar all came to drink, eat and dance together. In my years of involvement here at The Lodge I cannot even remember a fight that cleared the room. EVERYONE GOT ALONG TOGETHER IN THIS SPECIAL PLACE. To me this is the true magic of State Bridge and that magic is alive and well!

ROAD TO RECOVERY! There is so much to do and many a rebuilding plan to go over but right now we are challenged with staying afloat. I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT STATE BRIDGE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE, AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO ENSURE THE LEGEND WILL LIVE ON! We made it to June and were anticipating many sold out shows to cover our bills from the long winter, now we have to move venues but the shows will happen! Our show last Sunday was moved at the last minute to Samana in Vail and was attended by folks from Summit, Eagle and Routt counties. The Banyon show was so full on energy which helped us all feel less of the loss for the night, thank you so much to all that attended!

THIS SUNDAY we were able to move the DEL McCOURY show with help from the folks at 4 Eagle Ranch, they stepped up to the plate and are donating their facility and some liquor proceeds to help us begin the recovery. 4 Eagle Ranch is a beautiful facility located 10 miles south of State Bridge on hwy 131 just north of Wolcott and I-70. More information on this show change and others can be found on the end of this letter or on the website.

SO MANY PEOPLE TO THANK! A very big thank you goes out to my incredible staff; they put so much love into State Bridge and have offered anything they have to get us through! I would also like to thank the responding fire departments, Eagle County Sheriff’s office, detective Beaudette, The Salvation Army and The Humane Society for assisting us so much and working hard to protect State Bridge Lodge.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON, we are committed to putting on every show we had scheduled for State Bridge at various locations. And with some help we will re-open on the 29th of June to host the New Orleans RADIATORS. For information on volunteering please visit!

P.S. Jerry the cat made it out!

With Love & Respect,

Scott Stoughton & State Bridge Lodge

[Published on: 6/8/07]

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phishr82 Fri 6/8/2007 04:08PM
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This sucks so much, first summer in the area and I was looking forward to checking it out. Can't wait to go there once they reopen, glad everyone made it out alive.

Flyingbird73 Fri 6/8/2007 04:50PM
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"THE GREATEST THING ABOUT STATE BRIDGE WAS AND WILL BE THE PEOPLE IT ATTRACTS" - really rings true. Such a unique experience at State Bridge, my sincere condolences. Good Luck Scott, really wishing you all the best in your resurrection efforts.

das Sat 6/9/2007 12:11PM
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I hope they saved the "RODEO" sign from above the stage. good times!

musicalearth Sat 6/9/2007 04:21PM
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thank goodness no one was injured...!
That place is a holy spot - such good energy. Sending my best to all to help rebuild. let us know how we can help!!!

statebridge Sat 6/9/2007 05:33PM
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thanks for the kind words...the LET"S RODEO sign did burn, along with everything else...but we will survive and be back one day better than ever! Most of the shows have moved to our other club - Samana Lounge in Vail

DeadCowboy Sat 6/9/2007 06:40PM
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By coincidence I was listening to a recording of a show from last September at the State Bridge when I read this. Best of luck to you all. Take it from a Cajun with roots in NOLA: rebuilding sucks but you can do it!

torn&treyed Mon 6/11/2007 09:22AM
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So sad.... I had nothing but positivity when I went there. I ended up at the bar long after it was closed and the people got my freind and I beers and food. They were so nice to us that we didnt know what to do with ourselves. I'm glad no one or no animlas were hurt....

smolakian Tue 6/12/2007 12:47PM
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I LOVE (not LOVED) State Bridge. Everyone here in the Front Range that I have talked to about it is devastated. I saw one of my last Salmon shows there a few summers back. Not to mention all the other memorable shows, campouts and float trips there. There is incredible support for you guys in the Denver/Boulder music community along with the paddle sports community. Even something as small as a volunteer work weekend to help start getting things back together would attract a lot supporters. That little corner of Colorado is very special to a lot of folks. Best of luck. I hope to be dancing under the stars with you guys again soon!

rockbaldy Wed 6/13/2007 01:07PM
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We appreciate the support for state bridge. If anyone has any input re: leads on the arson please get in touch via website. We are angry with this, put our hearts and wallets out and want closure and justice with our situation. Thanks.