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Newsletter - November 2018
There is change in the wind for 2019.....

On the last Saturday of each month, the Park County Historical Society (PCHS) is making preparations to begin a new monthly Meet and Greet to share a Movie and light refreshment.  We hope to continue the live History presentations that you have all come to enjoy and love thru the summer months, and many of you don't want to see it end there so we plan to continue thru the winter months with Movie Nights.  

Our winter months will be actual History Movies and will include desserts and coffee, tea, and light refreshments.

We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join us.  Stay tuned for specific dates, times, and locations.

See you there,
Linda



Membership
We cannot begin to express how important our membership is to us.  It is our membership that sustains us by supporting our mission.  In addition, our membership program helps us maintain the historic structures at the McGraw Memorial Park.  Without the support of our membership we would be unable to fund the maintenance of these structures, the restroom facilities, landscaping, and the ever increasing utility expenses.
 
Now is the time to join or renew your membership for the 2019 season

Please consider joining the Park County Historical Society.  We have several programs to fit everyone's needs, including:  Student, Individual, Senior Individual, Family and Lifetime.  In addition, we offer a Sponsorship Program for those who wish to support in a different way with added benefits.

You will find links below to become a Member, a Sponsor, or to make a donation for yourself or on behalf of someone else.  
 
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Join or renew your membership for calendar year 2019
Become a sponsor for calendar year 2019
Donate to support the PCHS


 
Maintenance and Landscaping

Landscaping

If you have visited McGraw Memorial Park lately, you surely have noticed the landscaping that continues to improve the appearance of the Park.  

Each year we are able to budget a small amount to add to the plantings, but it is hardly sufficient to cover the cost of all we want to accomplish. However, once again our donors and volunteers come through to help out.

This year we received financial donations specifically to cover some of the cost. In addition, we received substantial donations of plantings for a local nursery. These donations are a tremendous help but it is our volunteers who bring it all together into a showcase of flowers and plantings. They have designed new beds, planted countless annuals and perennials, mulched and weeded and weeded some more, and, of course, watered on a regular and ongoing basis. None of these projects could have been accomplished without the support of our donors and volunteers. We are forever grateful for their support.

Following is just a sample of the fruits of their labor.
Now that our plantings have gone to sleep for the winter there is little to do except wait patiently for the coming spring. Once again the flowers will bloom. Will you be there to welcome them? If you would like to be part of the landscaping at the Park, we sure could use your help. If you are young and able there is plenty of work to be done. If your days of getting down on your hands and knees and digging in the dirt are past, we could always use financial support. Help us in any way your can to make the Park a showcase for our community and a quiet and beautiful respite for those who visit.
Maintenance
 
One can only imagine what it takes to maintain historic structures. It is a difficult task to maintain the historic integrity of the structures while protecting them from the elements. That said, we are doing all we can with the resources we have.

Volunteers, including our Board members, have donated countless hours doing all they can to keep up with the maintenance projects at the park. While much progress is made, there are too many projects left to be done with volunteer hours. So, we have engaged the services of a "handyman" to help us with specific task that need immediate attention.

Jim Rittenhouse comes to us with substantial skills and a keen eye for historic preservation.  In the short period he has helped us he has already made significant improvements to the Park. Among the task completed are:
  • Outhouse - the rotten facia has been replaced and painted and the shingles have been replaced on the roof.
  • Entriken Cabin - the wooden stoop at the doorway has been removed and replaced with a concrete and flagstone stoop.
  • Caboose - the window trim and cupola has been scraped and painted.
  • Bridge handrail - the handrail on the bridge walkway has been stabilized for safety.  The railing will be replaced as weather permits.
Jim has plenty of projects on his to-do list and will get to them as time and weather permits.

In addition to these task, we have accomplished a couple larger long overdue projects.  Including:
  • painting the Shawnee School House
  • painting the trim on the Entriken Cabin
All of these projects were accomplished by the funds generated by our membership program, our sponsorship program, our dinner and history presentations, and by generous donations of our friends and visitors the Park
Caboose Repairs:

After much anticipation, substantial progress is being made on the repairs to the platform ends to Caboose 10600.  While many contributed to the plans and preparations for the repairs, it was Pat Mauro and volunteers from the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club that deserve credit for bringing this project to fruition.
Pat Mauro provides the following report:

RMRRC work day(s) fun in Bailey

The club work day(s) on Caboose 10600 has been fun, but hard work.  

On June 2 we began work on the Caboose. Steve Mason, Jim Scoville, John Stevens, Jeff Ramsey, Deb McDonald and myself met at McGraw Memorial Park in Bailey.

We had already pre-soaked most of the bolts that we needed to remove, so we could access the rotted end sill beam to be replaced. As we proceeded, we found that some bolts broke when we torqued on them. Others broke loose, as the rotted wood gave way. We were able to remove the front half of the beam, along with the railing posts. We had lunch at the Rustic Station in Bailey, with great RR banter during the meal.The day was successful, and the progress was a big step, but more work was needed for the project to continue.

We agreed to meet again on June 12 to continue the work. Jim Scoville, Steve Mason and Jeff Ramsey returned to the park on June 16. During the 2 week period between, the railing posts were taken to the Como Roundhouse. "Sam" from Georgetown Loop RR, welded a threaded rod onto one broken thread on top of a rail. Once completed the railing posts were delivered to Benny Eos. Benny and his brother Alan ran the Eos Sawmill for all of their lives, and he's well experienced with repairing any item needed. Benny was able to remove the old nuts from the railings, and retap the threads. The railings are now all ready to be reinstalled on the new sill.

We had another work day on July 6. On that day, we used a router to cut the joints where the new end sill attaches to the side beams of the caboose frame. We did have to make some adjustments, partially due to the caboose being damaged. It was most likely damaged at Rice Yards in Denver, where the caboose was stored and serviced, When not on the C&S line that runs from Denver/Boulder/Longmont and northward on to Cheyenne.(Rice Yards is now Elitch Gardens in the Denver Platte Valley.) We now have all the holes drilled, and the railing is back on the new end sill. We still have some parts left to install, which will require many holes to be drilled, but the West end of the caboose has been greatly improved!

Once we have finished the remaining work on this end of the Caboose, we will begin planning for the work on the East end. However, now that the summer season has ended, it will be a project for next year.

Although our season is short we have had a several successful excursions this year. Pat Mauro is our tour guide and he is already making plans for the next summer season.

A brief recap of this year's tours include:
Gold Panning along Tarryall Creek

Using a sluice
Bill Douthett setting up a sluice box in Tarryall Creek.

GOLD Panning along Tarryall Creek Trip Report by Pat Mauro
Deer Creek Valley Ranches

Two Springs Ranch

The original Lydia Ranch was in the approximate location of the current Two Spring Ranch. The new name of the ranch was due to the two springs located on the property.

Two Springs Ranch Trip Report by Pat Mauro
History Presentations and Events
2018
We had a busy year in 2018.

PCHS Volunteer Appreciation Day
Bailey Day 2018
Tour - GOLD Panning Adventure led by Pat Mauro
Tour - Deer Creek Historic Ranches led by Pat Mauro
History Presentation - Christ of the Rockies by Larry Bell
History Presentation - South Park and Fracking by John Rakowski
History Presentation - Zebulon Pike National Trail by Harv Hisgen
History Presentation - Conifer History by Conifer Historical Society
History Presentation - Lost Ski Areas of Colorado by Caryn Boddie


If you were able to attend any of these activities, we hope you enjoyed them. If you happened to have missed them all, not to worry. We will begin the 2019 season with "Movie Nights" in January followed by History Presentations during the summer season with snacks and deserts and, of course, a few tours to round out the season. Hope to see you next year.

Very special thanks to all our volunteers who made this another successful year. We certainly appreciate all you do to help preserve and promote Park County's history and heritage.




PCHS Website News
Have you visited the PCHS website lately?  If so, you are already aware of significant improvements. If not, what are you waiting for?

A few months ago we abandoned the former website in order to take advantage of up-to-date technology, to improve performance across multiple devices, and most importantly, to make it easier to manage and update. We have selected SnapPages.com as our provider.

There are far to many new features to elaborate on here. It would be best for you to explore the website for yourself. However, to help you get started, begin with the "Resources" tab.  There is already a wealth of historical information available and more is coming.
As always, we welcome your suggestions for improvement and especially new content.
Looking for the perfect Holiday gift?  Or, perhaps you would like to build your own historic DVD and book collection?  Visit our e-store for these titles and more.
PCHS e-Store

Lets not forget our FaceBook account.  At times it is stunning how quickly your can reach hundreds or even thousands of "Facebook Friends".

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Wheresit?
Now that you have made it this far, you get to take a little quiz.  The first person to name this place will receive a FREE PASS to the first Movie Night of 2019.

This one is easy so don't dilly-dally.  Everyone will know the answer to this one.

PCHS Board Members are not eligible for a free pass.
In The News
A look back.

March 15, 1888

While visiting at Bailey a few days since the reporter learned that Mrs. McGraw will build four summer cottages, a greater number than heretofore stated, Two of them are now well on to completion. They are to be picturesquely arranged on the hill side, and will be painted in a variety of colors, so as to adorn the landscape. 

Each cottage will be 12' x 20', with two rooms, fireplace, portico fronting the South, and so on. It is not intended to have cooking or other domestic affairs going on in the cottages, as there are already two excellent places for day boarders at that place provided by Mrs. McGraw and Mrs. Elizabeth L. Entriken. 

Since purchasing the old Bailey townsite the energetic postmistress has had all the old and unsightly buildings removed. Some rustic bridges have been built, one over the Platte, and another aver a small arroyo, so that the whole appearance of the place is rendered very attractive.

Ira Johnson, a late comer from Michigan, is building a rustic residence for himself at Bailey in a neat manner. He is a brother-in-law of Mrs. E. McGraw, and, being an architect and builder, has charge of the construction of the summer cottages that are being erected by the latter.

The resorts in Deer Valley, which are in charge of Mr. Charles Nickerson, will, it's thought, bring much more business to this station next summer than it has enjoyed for a year or two. It is unfortunate that the death of Vice President Potter, of the Union Pacific Railroad, will break up plans for improvement here, as he was understood to be interested in the deal.

The Estabrook School closes on the 23 road of this month. Mrs. Rowlen has been teaching there. The people of Bailey are subscribing to fund to assist Mr. Tuttle, formerly of Georgetown, to study for the ministry. Mr. Tuttle obtained a license to preach at the suggestion of some friends at this place, and will continue to hold service in Euchre Valley, as he has done for some time past.

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Thank you so much for your support!
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