Buried with his boots on

Len Watkins, upper right, didn’t wait for October to decorate his yard at 2969 Eastwood Place for Halloween. A Western-themed Boot Hill includes several graves, skeletons and a trespassing cowpoke that didn’t make it out alive.

It should come as no surprise that a man living in a home on a street named Eastwood Place would be a fan of Western heritage.

After all, actor Clint Eastwood built a career out of his portrayals of Western-themed characters.

What may come as a surprise, however, is that one Grand Junction man found a way to blend his love of Western culture with his love of Halloween in a yard display already out more than a month ahead of the October 31 holiday.

“I love Halloween,” Len Watkins said Sunday, standing in his front yard at 2969 Eastwood Place near the spot where a fake trespassing cowboy has been buried at the feet of two skeletons.

The display originally started as an homage to cowboys but morphed into a Western-themed Halloween display as a way for Watkins to have fun in the neighborhood.

His homeowners association and neighbors gave him the go-ahead to decorate his yard for the season, he said.

Watkins still wants to build an outhouse, install a spooky bathtub filled with earthworms and string fake cobwebs and lights from the display’s dead trees.

A former contractor and homebuilder now on disability, Watkins has found the work on his yard display a more lighthearted way to use the skills he learned during his long construction career.

“I like humor,” he said.


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