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The Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

Calling all creative GTC members willing to donate items for this special event to be held at the November 14, 2019 meeting! 

Photographs ~ Original Art – Crafts ~ Gift Baskets ~ Baked Goods ~ Seasonal Gifts
Proceeds benefit the Ghost Town Club Preservation Fund. Note:  Any unsold items will be returned to the donors at the end of the night.

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We can all do something to help the club. Get involved! The efforts of each club member contribute to our success and frankly just makes participating so much more fun. Sign up and make a difference! You’ll get better acquainted and it will make you feel good to know you’re contributing to the well being and longevity of the club.

Collectively we can contribute to make the club vibrant, healthy, and active!

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Do you have a program idea? Do you know someone who can provide an interesting program? Do you want to present a program?

Are you planning to lead a field trip? Do you want to lead a field trip, and need someone to help you with it? If someone has a field trip idea, would you like to help with it?

If your answer is “Yes!” to any of these queries, contact us.

If you are planning a field trip, be sure and clear the date with one of the Vice Presidents before making your final plans or reservations. Others may be planning trips at the same time and this will avoid conflicts.

The Steering Committee produced a book on “How to Lead a Field Trip” several years ago and copies are available at the meetings.


Ghosts of the West: Tales and Legends from the Bonanza Trail by E. S. Knightchilde

(This was the prize presented to Ron Ruhoff at the May meeting for his winning entry in the Transcontinental Railroad story contest.)

Unlike the “Images of America” series or other books centered strictly on history or travel itineraries, my new book relates stories (and facts) of discoveries, boom towns, bust times, and ghost towns of the Old West (with some extras about lost mines and modern day stories). It is partially based on the film Ghosts of the West and its follow-up currently in production, as well as the lecture I presented in Niwot, Estes Park, and Boulder over the 15 months.

The book has full color covers, 128 b/w pages, and dozens of historical and contemporary images from Colorado, California, Nevada, and other western states.

While the hardcover edition should be in print by the time you read this, the softcover will not be available until August 14. However, I have a limited number of copies of both on hand. For more info and to see the cover, please visit or email me directly at (I recommend you check out the product listing on the web site first as it might answer some of your questions up front. There are also some special combo prices listed.)

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A Note From The Preservation Committee – October 2019

At the September meeting it was announced that Preservation Fund nominations would close in December and funds distributed in January. In recent years we have gotten away from this schedule due to no nominations by December.

Funds are raised each year to be distributed to worthy 501(c)3 organizations that are involved in preserving the history of Colorado and other worthy projects in the West.

Funds will be distributed in January – so get your Preservation Fund Applications in now. We have forms we can e-mail you and we always have them with us at meetings.

For 2019, the Officers and Board of Ghost Town Club have awarded a donation from the Preservation Fund to each of the following organizations:

  • Trust for Land Restoration in San Juan and San Miguel Counties for continued work on historical sites
  • Rimrockers Historical Society for further work on Uravan and the Museum
  • Friends of Raymer for Restoration of Centre Avenue
  • Rio Blanco Historical Society to maintain site of Battle of Mill Creek near Meeker
  • Temple Aaron in Trinidad

What is the Ghost Town Club of Colorado’s Preservation Fund and how can I help?

The Ghost Town Club of Colorado is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of ghost towns, mining camps and historic sites. To accomplish this goal, the club created a Preservation Fund to help support numerous preservation projects. Because we are a non-profit organization, we are able to earmark 100 percent of all donations directly to qualified projects protected by a non-profit preservation society.

The Ghost Town Club of Colorado also contributes to the preservation of historical sites by direct involvement in work days. All members who are interested in working on preservation projects have the opportunity to have a “hands on” experience by volunteering their time and labor to help preserve historic sites.

If you’re interested in making a donation to the Ghost Town Club of Colorado Preservation Fund, please email us.