“Who’s Billy Barr? Well, he’s quite the celebrity around here,” MJ Simmons said with a laugh outside the post office on Elk Avenue.
Down the street at the Last Steep Bar and Grill, mention of the name Billy Barr got an entire table talking about the man and the spelling of his name.
“Always ‘billy barr.’ Little b, little b,” said Glo Cunningham. “Don’t you write his name with a capital or you’re going to get in trouble.”
Ask the man himself, and he’ll forgive you for using capital letters. He simply decided years ago that lowercase suited him better. Those who’ve been around Crested Butte long enough know Billy’s name and how to spell it.
“I’d say Billy Barr is a legend in our community and a legend in our world here in Crested Butte,” said Cunningham.
Billy Barr is so popular in town because he chooses to live so far outside of it. Follow a snow-covered road from Mt. Crested Butte a quarter mile past the sleepy, abandoned mining town of Gothic and you’ll reach the spot Billy calls home.