Upcoming Programs & Monthly Meetings
September 12, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Ron Ruhoff will present “Adventure Trails to Wyoming, Montana, and Canada.”
October 10, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Cindy Brick, author or Ghosts & Legends of Colorado’s Front Range will share her experiences with us.
November 14, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Shaun Boyd, curator at History Colorado will present a program on Florence Martin.
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
Western Slope Field Trip: Grand Junction, Then & 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.
- On Thursday, October 3rd we are going to visit a mining cabin. This was the office for the Top Secret uranium procurement and processing program that produced the material for the Manhattan Project during World War II. The Atomic Legacy Cabin is still tucked behind the municipal cemetery between the tracks of the North Fork Subdivision and the Gunnison River in what used to be a gravel pit and it is a log cabin. The building now houses a museum which explains the western slope mining activities which supported both WWII and the Cold War.
For additional details about any of the field trips listed please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
It’s a Lulu! (City, that is!)
NOTE: This field trip was postponed from July 13th until a later date, due to winter’s heavy snowfall, high water, and poor trail conditions. For updated information please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
Field Trip Report
Trip to Raymer by Kem Barney
Sponsored by the Friends of Raymer, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the event on Saturday, June 1, was termed “Art & History Day on The Prairie”. Raymer is located at the southern edge of the Pawnee National Grasslands northeast of Greeley on Highway 14. Raymer is an occupied town with several families living there. Several members of the Ghost Town Club attended the event. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., a delicious brunch was served at the Community Building by volunteers from the Friends of Raymer. The building (built in 1924) serves as the social center of the community and has been restored thanks to the Lions Club that meets there. After a quick tour of Centre Avenue (Main Street buildings all needing restoration), the two repurposed school buses stopped at the windmill museum at the edge of town. The escorted tour then headed north and west stopping at several one room school houses now abandoned as well as a ghost town, Kalous. Lunch was served at the Hightower Spring Ranch followed by stops at three other abandoned one room school houses. A stop at the Nelson Ranch was made to see a stone barn built in 1878. The final stop at the historic Raymer cemetery featured one grave marking the final resting spot of a Civil War veteran. Some of the Ghost Town Club group stayed for the optional Alumni Dinner at the community center. Everyone enjoyed the event and experienced a true sense of community.
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!