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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.


Did you know May 10, 2019 marked the 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad?

A huge celebration erupted around the joining of the rails of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific when the final link in the first transcontinental railroad was driven on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point, Utah. The Union Pacific had constructed 1,086 miles of track starting near Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the Central Pacific built 690 miles of track from Sacramento, California.

The date engraved on the Golden Spike was May 8, 1869, but the ceremony was postponed two days due to bad weather and a labor dispute that delayed the arrival of the Union Pacific. Finally on May 10, the Union Pacific’s 119 and the Central Pacific’s Jupiter 90 locomotives faced each other as the Golden Spike was laid in a predrilled hole by California Governor Leland Stanford. Stanford missed on his first attempt to strike the spike. After other failed attempts and the catcalls of workers attending the event, at 3:47 p.m. Eastern Time. the spike was eventually driven by Grenville Dodge of the Union Pacific .

A celebratory telegram was sent across the country which read: “From Promontory Point: The last rail is laid. The last spike is driven. The Pacific railroad is finished.” It was reported that in celebration bells were rung across the country, supposedly 7,000 Mormons celebrated at their Tabernacle and the City of San Francisco offered a 220 cannon salute.

The spike was cast from $20 gold pieces and weighed 18 ounces, was 6 inches long and had a gold nugget fixed to its head. The spike was inscribed: “The Last Spike. As this railroad unites the two great oceans of the world, May God continue the unity of our country”.

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.)

Preservation Funds

Nominations for Preservation Funds: It’s time to think about making nominations for worthy sites to receive Preservation Funds. If you want to nominate a worthy site, please contact Jim or Jo Bell for a nomination form. Call them at 303.772.5454 or send them an email. Grants will be made soon!

Roxborough Area Historical Society

A donation from the Preservation Fund was made this year to Roxborough Area Historical Society (RAHS) to help with stabilizing the kiln. The kiln has been standing in Roxborough for more than 100 years and was used by miners and brick makers who created distinctive white bricks in the tiny town of Silica. Throughout the years the elements had taken a toll on the structure and RAHS began a process of raising money to make the kiln structurally sound. The GTC donation was not one of the largest, but it did contribute to the work completed to save this historic structure in Roxborough.

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.