Upcoming Programs & Monthly Meetings
July 12, 2018
“Uranium Mania” – The story of Uravan, Colorado, the town that disappeared. Uranium, radium and vanadium were extensively mined and processed in the west end of Montrose County. What happened when the EPA designated Uravan a Super-Fund site? Join us to find out!
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).
Please check the calendar for meeting dates and for the dates of the club banquet and club picnic which occur in lieu of a meeting during the months they are held.
Upcoming Field Trips
For additional details about any of the field trips listed below please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
Colorado Yellow Cake: The History They Tried to Bury on September 7-11, 2018
We’ll visit 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 we’ll see on this tour through donations from the Preservation Fund.
The Ute Indian Museum in Montrose – Be one of the first group’s to see the magnificent new, expanded and celebrate the history and the living culture of the Ute people, Colorado’s longest continuous residents. The Museum is operated by History Colorado and is one of the nation’s most complete collections of the Utes, featuring exhibits and dioramas that let visitors experience the history, culture and daily life of the early inhabitants of the Uncompahgre Valley.
Million Dollar Highway – The Road to the Sky. We’ll travel through some of the most beautiful country of southwest Colorado as we journey to Silverton along Otto Mears’ greatest engineering feat.
Old Hundred Mine – The Old One Hundred was discovered in the late 1890s and operated on and off until 1972. In 1967 a Texas oil company took a lease on it and with adequate money and equipment they drove a tunnel 5,000 feet into the mountain and spent $6,000,000. They did find some good ore, but at the time it just wasn’t profitable to extract it and it closed in 1972. The most dramatic and successful part of the mine was up on the number seven level 2,000 feet above the mine. A boarding house was built high above the mine for the miners and it is still perched on the mountainside. Bring your binoculars as we will see the boarding house from the mine.
Mayflower Mill is a National historic Landmark. It was the last and most advanced of the big mills to be built in the San Juans. All of the equipment is still there and well preserved. It was the longest operating mill in the history of the San Juan mining district. Operating from 1930 to 1991, it was only shut down for a total of 12 years resulting in 49 years of actual milling. 10 million tons of ore producing almost 2 million ounces of gold; 30 million ounces of silver and a million tons of combined base metals.
Naturita, Uravan, Bedrock, Paradox – Spend the day with two delightful Uravan, Colorado, natives as we explore what is known as the “West End” of Montrose County.
What is “yellow cake”? When did the EPA get involved in Uravan? Where is Uravan now”? Get the first hand story about this “ghost site”, the efforts of the Rimrock Historical Society to preserve their history of URAVAN; their threat to have the annual picnic in the middle of Highway 141; the maddening story of buildings that were promised to Rimrockers and paid for by them that were lost. This is a very unique part of Colorado history and one the Ghost Town Club should be aware of.
Bedrock was established in 1883. The store (still in operation) and the post office were built on solid rock – thus the name. A ghost town for sure.
Paradox, a townsite takes its name from the Paradox Valley. Only a few buildings remain in this picturesque, still inhabited community.
Hanging Flume, an engineering marvel above the Dolores River. You’ll look UP at the Hanging Flume from the confluence of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers, and you’ll look DOWN to see remnants of this engineering marvel from Highway 141.
Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway – This is one of Colorado’s most little traveled and diverse Scenic Byways whether you talk about the geology, scenery, inhabitants or living conditions.
Gateway Auto Museum – Whether you have a passive interest or love in American automobiles the Gateway Auto Museum is not to be missed. Owned by the founder of the Discovery Channel, this should be called a car gallery and not Museum. It houses millions of dollars’ worth of vintage autos, all rare – some one of a kind!
Enstroms Candy Factory + Wine Pairing Dinner – The Grand Valley is known for its award winning Wines. Check in at the beautiful Wine Country Inn – relax and enjoy a wine tasting before a special dinner featuring locally produced food and paired with local wines that will be introduced by an expert sommelier.
Cost for double occupancy is $995 per person. Single occupancy is $1,275. Price includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations for four nights, baggage handling, entrance fees to all attractions, local interpreters and guides and 12 meals as indicated. Does not include transportation from home city to and from Denver; items of a personal nature, meals not listed, alcoholic beverages or medical/cancellation travel protection plan. For more information or to make your reservation, email us.
Past Field Trips with Reports
Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Centennial Village Museum, Greeley, Colorado on May 26, 2018 at 10:00a.m.
Meet at the Colorado Model Rail-road Museum, 680 10th Street, at 10:00 AM. After a brief orientation participants can tour the HO gauge model dis-play at will. Plan to leave for lunch, on your own, to allow enough time to meet at the Centennial Village Museum, 1475 “A” Street, at 1:30 PM. There will be a few docents on the grounds, but not at each building because there are 35 buildings. The Centennial Village is open until 4:00 PM. We will have a sign up sheet, lists of restaurants and maps available at the April banquet meeting and the May meeting.
Colorado Model Railroad Museum admission: Adults: $10.00; Seniors: $8.00; Children (ages 4-12) $5.00. For a group of more than 10, they will give a $1 off each category.
The Centennial Village admission: Adults: $8.00; Seniors: $6.00; Youth: $5.00. For a group of more than 10, they will give a $1 off each category. The group rate (more than 10) is $1 off each category. Centennial Village accepts cash, credit cards (except American Express), and checks made payable to “City of Greeley Museums.”
FIELD TRIP REPORT
Ten GTC members and seven guests (including three kiddos) spent Saturday May 26th in Greeley, Colorado.
We met at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum at 10AM where we were given the red carpet treatment by the Executive Director, Michelle Kempema. After a brief orientation Michelle gave us an extensive and informative tour of the Museum which included the historic beginnings of the Museum and a behind-the-scenes peek at the volunteers’ workshop. GTC participants who had not been here before were amazed at the realistic scenery, detail and scope of the 5,500 square foot layout. There are games and an interactive children’s layout. For those of us that had been here before, there were many new displays to see. This Museum is a must see.
After enjoying lunch at some new restaurants with great food (The Mad Cow, Stuff Burger and Fat Albert’s) we reconvened at Centennial Village at 1:30PM. 35 historic buildings were available for us to tour. These were moved to the Village from either downtown Greeley or surrounding towns and plains to make up the collection from log cabins to manor houses, farmhouses, schools and churches. Some docents were available to give us detailed stories and each structure also had an informative plaque explaining its history. A very big plus that we had not previously known about was the Buffalo Soldiers demonstration that just happened to be on tour at the Village this weekend only. So we really lucked out with this extra exhibition of history of the Buffalo Soldiers, horsemanship and sharpshooting.
It was a full day with educational experiences and unexpected surprises.
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!