Upcoming Programs & Monthly Meetings
January 10, 2019
John Dillavou will present a program on Ghost Towns of New Mexico, which was first done in 1977. Many of the towns no longer exist or not accessible.
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.
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.
Western Slope Field Trip: Grand Junction, Then And Now – Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2019 (optional hike on Oct. 4th)
- Potluck dinner – Berries and model trains: HO scale indoors and 2,100 feet large scale outdoors.
- Tour of Orchard Mesa Irrigation District pump and power houses led by head of OMID. See early 20th century irrigation equipment and learn about the history of turning the Grand Valley into a farming area.
- Visit an alpaca farm and see how the fleece is made into yarn and apparel
- Cross Orchards Museum: Visit restored Uintah Railroad rolling stock, ancient farm equipment, guided tour of living history museum; learn of future plans for the museum.
- Museum of the West” After hours tour by Curator and Director who will explain the complex investigation of Alferd Packer including his pistol and other items found near Lake City
- Real ghost town – Raber Cow Camp and Cabins. Tour Grand Mesa and visit the only remaining cow camp and cabins; lunch at Alexander Lake Lodge
- Quick stop at Red Mountain Ranch for apples and other seasonal delights.
- Pioneer Town in Cedaredge consisting of 23 buildings that were brought from their original locations
- Fort Uncompahgre on the Gunnison River and the Old Spanish Trail. This was Anton Rubidoux’ fur trading post from 1820’s to 1844. Re-enactors will give tour. Dutch oven meatloaf dinner.
- OPTIONAL HIKE on last day. 7 mile round trip hike in Dominguez Canyon to see Indian Rock Art. Route is along the original Rio Grande Narrow Gauge and Gunnison River.
- Eagle Rock Shelter – Oldest ghost town in Colorado.Watch for further details.
For additional details about any of the field trips listed please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
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!