Upcoming Programs & Monthly Meetings
November 8, 2018
Lee Whiteley will present the history of placer gold mining in Central City’s “Richest Square Mile on Earth”. This very unique program will be illustrated by the dioramas built by woodcarver Hank Gentsch.
By the way, Dues Are Due!
It’s that time of year again! Dues are due by December 31, 2018. Send in your check for dues and preservation donations. Payments can also be made through PayPal. Dues are $25 per year per member — Still the best bargain in town!
Monthly Meeting Schedule
We hold ten regular meetings per year on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30p.m. We meet at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 4905 East Yale Avenue, Denver, Colorado (just west of I-25 and Yale). Additional parking is available in the church parking lot on the north side of the building.
The Annual Meeting of the Ghost Town Club of Colorado is held each November.
This year it is scheduled for November 8, 2018. The slate of officers for 2019 will be presented for vote, as well as any other business to come before the meeting.
Upcoming Field Trips
From Ancient Indian Cultures to Space Exploration: A Trip to Southern New Mexico
May 8- 15, 2019
Please join us for an 8-day Motor Coach Trip of Southern New Mexico. We will visit museums, historical sites, and ghost towns spanning the times of the Mimbres and Mogollon Indian Cultures, to Billy the Kid, to the story of reaching Outer Space. The trip will include museums, forts, petroglyph sites, and the culture of Southern New Mexico. We will top it off with a visit to National Parks and the history of Space Exploration. Cost and more details will follow in upcoming Ghost Town Club Gazettes. This should be an exciting and educational trip for all.
For additional details about any of the field trips listed below please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
Past Field Trips with Reports
Colorado Yellow Cake: The History They Tried to Bury on September 7-11, 2018
We visited Uravan, Bedrock, Paradox, Hanging Flume, Silverton, Old Hundred Mine, Mayflower Mill, Palisade Peaches and much more! The Ghost Town Club has been instrumental in helping support and preserve many of the sites through donations from the Preservation Fund. (Itinerary: The Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Million Dollar Highway, Old Hundred Mine, Mayflower Mill, Naturita, Uravan, Bedrock, Paradox, Hanging Flume, Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway, Gateway Auto Museum, Enstroms Candy Factory + Wine Pairing Dinner)
FIELD TRIP REPORT
On a beautiful Colorado morning, 20 Ghost Towners and 9 guests left Denver headed for southern Colorado and a trip into history. As usual there were breaks every two hours and great lunch stops. Friday afternoon found us at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose. We were given an overview description of the Museum and then were left on our own to explore. It is one of the best venues to learn of the Ute way of life.
The first night was spent at Montrose and the next morning we headed for Silverton and the Old Hundred Mine. After donning slickers and hard hats, we were given a tour of the mine itself, riding a cart 500 feet into the tunnel. We were given a demonstration of the workings of the mine, from the days of working with only candles for light to present day. We also learned the finer points of working with dynamite.
After lunch in downtown Silverton we went to the Mayflower Mill. Bev Rich of the San Juan Historical Society talked about how the Mill was saved. Since a tour would involve many stairs, we opted to watch a video which detailed the workings of the mill. After that we spent the rest of the day at the San Juan Historical Museum. Ghost Towners have given many hours and donations to this museum, so it was good to see the results. Dinner was at True Grit Restaurant (of John Wayne fame) in Ridgway, then back to Montrose for the night.
Sunday we headed for Naturita, Colorado where we met our local guides. Jane and Sharon are two women who have spent most of their lives in the area, and are heavily into keeping the history of the area alive. After touring the Museum we had lunch at the Ball Park, then we were back on the bus for a tour of the area.
The story of the Uravan & Naturita area is a story of the making and destroying of a complete town and its importance in the uranium industry, and the Rimrocker Historical Society works hard at trying to have people understand that story.
The Ball Park deserves special mention, as it had been a thriving place when the town was alive, then fell into disrepair when the town was destroyed. The Rimrocker Historical Society undertook to restore the Ball Park. The Ghost Town Club Preservation Fund has given money several years to this endeavor and are responsible for the US flag that flies from the original flagpole and can be seen from the highway
Our tour also included the surrounding area and a stop at the Bedrock store (which was closed). We spent the night in Naturita and the next morning we headed for Palisade traveling the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway.
Our next stop was at the Hanging Flume, which is located on the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway. It is a twelve mile long wooden water carrier attached to the side of the canyon and was built to carry water to a nearby mining site. It took three years to build and was used for three years. Truly an architectural and engineering phenomenon.
Our next stop was at the Gateway Auto Museum. A truly outstanding collection of rare American cars, not primarily “oldies”, but some almost everybody could relate to and had a story about. Lunch was at Gateway, which is a fabulous resort, very unusual for the high desert. Then it’s on to Enstrom’s Candy (need we say more?) in Grand Junction. Next came Kathryn’s Cellars for wine tasting. Our stop for the night was Wine Country Inn where we were treated to a wine pairing dinner – three courses paired with appropriate local wines.
The next day we departed Palisade and were given a tour of an operating shipping warehouse and orchard with many samples, so it was natural to come home with lots of fresh fruits and other goodies.
As we pulled into the Hotel in Denver where some people had left cars and the trip was over, we realized how much history we have had the opportunity to learn and hopefully have made people curious enough to revisit these places on their own.
Cardinal Mill and Nederland Mining Museum on September 12, 2018 at 9:00a.m.
FIELD TRIP REPORT COMING SOON…
We will have a trip to Nederland on September 12th to Cardinal Mill just outside of Nederland. We’ll meet at 9:00a.m. at the Nederland Mining Museum, 200 North Bridge Street, Nederland, Colorado. Some members of the GTC did some work on this mill a number of years ago to stabilize it. It will be very interesting to see how it has been restored.
Please note that only 20 people can be accommodated on the tour this year. Please indicate if you would like to be in the first or second trip. The only way to the Mill is by a van provided by Nederland Mining Museum. The van holds ten people and the attendees will be divided into two groups. The first group will leave the Museum for the Mill at 9:30a.m. The other will tour the Mining Museum. The second group will leave the Museum for the Mill at 11:00a.m., then the first group will visit the Museum.
Field Trip Planning Session
The Steering Committee conducted a productive and exciting field trip planning session at the January meeting. Several ideas were presented by those in attendance and were written on large sheets of paper which were then hung around the room so that everyone could look at the ideas and indicate interest by placing blue sticky dots on trips they’d like to do. Pegi Emmett has taken that information and consolidated it to one sheet for future planning and for volunteering to put together field trips based on the ideas presented. If you would like to work on a field trip, contact someone on the Steering Committee for further help or direction. When you are ready to schedule the trip, give Lee or Joanie a call and the field trip will be put on the calendar. Let’s make this the best field trip year ever!
Do you enjoy our field trips? Have you ever thought about leading one?
It’s easy! Find a friend, team up, and plan a trip for the club. Field trips can be for a few hours, a morning or afternoon, a full day, a weekend, or a week long excursion.
Want more information? Check out our printed guide on planning field trips for a step-by-step how to guide. Remember it’s always easier and more fun to work together. Some of our greatest field trips were been led by people who had never planned a trip before. Let’s go exploring together!