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September 2019
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Live and on stage

"Poker Alice"
September 28

Metal work art by Steve Orechio

Art in the Park . . . McGraw Park that is!

September 22
10am to 3pm

Do you create art? Painting, watercolor, music, leatherwork or metalwork?

Donations welcome but no cost to set up your booth.
 
Booths will be outside the center grassy area . . . okay, outside the center dusty area.
 
Tours of historic buildings will be scheduled during the event.

Contact Jim Glenn at jimglenncolorado@gmail.com or 303-699-8056 to reserve your space or for additional information.

 


PCHS News

HAGS Meet at McGraw Memorial Park

The High Altitude Gardening Society, aka HAGS, met at McGraw Park August 14 for their regular meeting and for tours of historic McGraw Memorial Park. Members were involved with planting many of the shrubs in 2011 and in 2015 and donated all the succulents in the Rock Garden near the Annex. While they have a busy schedule at the gardens at Pine Junction Post Office, we would welcome them back to McGraw gardens in 2020 for meetings or projects.

Would you like to help with the gardens too? Call or email: Jim Glenn, 303-699-8056 or jimglenncolorado@gmail.com.

Entriken Cabin FAQs

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) book has been started about Elizabeth Entriken and her cabin.

Do you have questions about Elizabeth Entriken? Why did she come here alone? Who built the first cabin in Bailey? Why did they settle here? Then this FAQ book that is just getting written is just for you.

Tell us your questions! If you know the answers, we love that even more.

Ryan Bruce installs vacuum breaker for irrigation system.

McGraw Park is getting loved more now than ever. Visitors enjoy the trails, the historic buildings, the kayak launch, the Shawnee Way Station, the restrooms and the gardens. We welcome our visitors and especially welcome their donations. The increased traffic wears out our grass and turns it into a dust bowl. We are adding irrigation to help the grass recover from all the love it is receiving. Ryan started the process with the vacuum breaker. You will see flags marking future head locations and eventually trenches, heads and valve boxes.


Do you like making McGraw Memorial Park better? Call or email Jim Glenn, 303-699-8056 or jimglenncolorado@gmail.com to help with trenching, connecting heads, whatever your skill.

Two Scouts that improved McGraw Memorial Park received awards at Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Arleen Long, Chris Long, Jim Glenn, Tim Long, Paul Long at Court of Honor August 18th, 2019

Tim Long built two benches for McGraw Park in 2018 and installed one on the trail. Then Chris Long led a group to add three benches on the Morrow Mountain Trail in 2019.

History Interview with Lucky Luckinbill

Board member, Pat Mauro, interviewed Willard R. (Lucky) Luckinbill on August 25. This was the first oral history interview we have done in many years. Pat asked about Lucky growing up near Shaffers Crossing and later one of the first residents of Deer Creek Ranchos.

When complete, we hope to have the interview notes on our website.

Possible locations for the Barnett Cabin in McGraw Park

The Barnett Cabin footprint is 21'x17'.  There are two possible locations.  Adjacent to the Large Artifact Shed or in the Bailey Water parking lot. 

A goal we have had for many years is to preserve the Barnett Cabin. The Barnett Cabin, c. 1870s, is located across CR-68 from McGraw Memorial Park behind Bailey Propane.

The Barnett Cabin was likely built by the same Joe and Sarah Barnett who built the first one-room schoolhouse in Bailey and then became its first school teacher.

The Barnetts were close friends with Elizabeth Entriken and a 1919 Denver Post article discussed their farewell when Joe and Sarah left Bailey heading back east to "Missou".

The book "Life and Times of Elizabeth Entriken and Joseph Barnett" is available on our website's store.


Park County Historical Society in search of GOLD by Pat Mauro

PCHS Gold Panning/ Prospecting Trip for a great day!

The Park County Historical Society gold panning/ prospecting trip on August 24 was a day of learning and adventure! 

We all met at the Como Community Center, and drove east on Park County 15. We made our way to Tarryall Creek, on the north side of Park County 15. We setup a canopy and table for use in the panning project, which was for the initial refining process. At the creek, we inspected the water flow to determine the best location to use for the soil that we would pan.  

Bill Douthett, Grandson of PCHS founders Harold and Lenore Warren, demonstrated the various steps of panning, so attendees could start to pan on their own. 

Bill has been prospecting in Park County for many years, and was able to tell us the various processes in mining, from panning to dredging and hydraulic placer mining. All were processes done in Park County's long mining history. 

As everyone was panning, Nancy Warren hiked the ridge to the north, and found evidence of Native Americans that lived in South Park. 

We broke for lunch, and discussed how the prospecting had gone so far. The location was a beautiful site in South Park, not commonly seen, and we did see hawks hunting in the area, along with various rock formations, and historic structures nearby. 

After lunch, we setup a sluice box on a tributary stream. We processed soil through the sluice box and then Bill demonstrated how to wash the miners carpet removed from the sluice box. 

We then panned the higher concentrates after being processed from the carpet, finding the darker soil, which has a higher probability of finding gold, silver, etc. 

The group included both new panners and experienced prospectors, which made for a good mix of experience. 

Everyone had a great day prospecting in South Park like so many have done before us. The weather was great also, which made the day an exceptional one! 

We plan on having another trip next year, so stay tuned!

We can not begin to thank all those who have donated to support the PCHS! Your donations help us greatly to fulfill our mission to promote the history and heritage of Park County.

Our donations come in many forms:  
  • Certainly our volunteers deserve our sincerest appreciation for the time, energy, and expertise you have given freely throughout the years.
  • Our members - through your memberships you have contributed financial assistance to help cover our expenses and expand our programs.
  • Anonymous donors - Our donation boxes at the McGraw Memorial Park provide substantial funds that we use to maintain the Park, public restrooms, and ongoing landscaping projects.
  • On-line donors - Yes, some of our donations come to us from our website via PayPal or credit card.  
All of these financial donations - including memberships - go into our general fund to pay our expenses and to support ongoing projects.  However, some donations are specifically restricted to special projects.

Recently, we received an unsolicited "grant" from The Denver Foundation from an anonymous donor. This generous donation was specifically directed toward the video recording of our presentations. We are extremely grateful for their donation as it helps to preserve the history and heritage of Park County for generations to come.

Thanks again to all those "known and unknown" who support the PCHS. 
Projects on Our "To Do List"
Over the past few years we have been able to remove a few major items from our long standing "To Do List" including:
  1. Painting the Shawnee School
  2. Repairing the railing on the foot bridge
  3. Painting the trim on the Entriken Cabin
  4. Repairing the Caboose end platform
  5. Repairing the WPA Outhouse
  6. Replacing the stoop on the Entriken Cabin
However, it seems that no sooner have we removed one item from our list, another is added. Unfortunately, some projects on our list seem to fall outside our means, including:
  1. Moving and restoring the Barnett Cabin.  This historic structure is ours for the taking. However, the cost is prohibitive without external support. The estimated cost to move and restore the cabin is estimated to be $60-80k.
  2. Replace the shingles on the Entriken Cabin.  This project is within our means but, at the cost of other much needed projects.  Estimated cost $3-4k.
  3. Repair of the Glen-Isle Way Station.  The Way Station is in need of structural and cosmetic repair.  This project holds the priority position on our "To Do" list.  We have no flexibility to delay this project any longer.  Estimated cost $4-5k.
  4. Restore the Maddox Ice Scraper.  The Maddox Ice Scraper is an important link to the Ice Industry of Park County.  It is best described as a "relic" in it's current condition.  Estimated cost to repair, move and display, $2-3k
  5. Signage. We hope to improve the signage at the McGraw Park. We have a grant pending for $4k.  Hopefully, we will be successful.  Otherwise the project will remain on our "To Do List" until funds become available.
  6. Sprinler System. We have relied on volunteers for many years to maintain our landscaping.  We have a good lead on a volunteer to install a sprinkler system but, the cost of equipment and materials will detract from other projects.  Estimated cost $1-1.5k.
  7. Caboose 10600 Repairs.  While the repair of one end of the caboose is nearly complete, one end remains to be done.  While we could wait for volunteers to be available, a quicker solution is to hire someone to complete the task.  Estimated cost $4.5k.
  8. Docent.  Except for special occasions, the historic structures at McGraw Memorial Park are closed.  A long standing goal is to hire a Docent to keep the buildings open at least 4 hours a day, five days a week, 6 months a year.  Estimated cost $6k a year
This list could go on and on.  Other projects, yet to be finalized include: trash service, security system, storage facility, Oral History Program, and Annex renovation.  And, not to be overlooked, continued maintenance of historic structures.

So, the purpose of publishing our "To Do List"?  We believe that there may be donors who are willing to fund a specific project - in whole or in part.  If you are an philanthropic organization, business or an individual who wants to sponsor a specific project, we would certainly welcome your support.

And, don't forget:  The Park County Historical Society is a Colorado 501 (C3) Non-profit Corporation.  Your donations are tax deductible.

 


 
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Aside from periodic fundraisers and donations, the primary source of our funding is our membership program. The funds raised are used to pay our utility expenses, maintain and supply our public restrooms, make repairs to our historic buildings, landscaping, trail maintenance, insurance, tax preparation, website, and fees to maintain our tax exempt status.  Needless to say, the term "non-profit" applies to our organization in every way. We need your help.

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Snows of Times Past

In a few short weeks, we could be seeing our first snow fall.  Some of us look forward to it. Others, not so much. Perhaps a look back will help put aside a little worry about inconvenience for a great deal of beauty.

The Great Storm, Heavy Losses Reported. 

Fairplay Flume, March 17, 1899

Rotary snowplow on Boreas Pass, winter 1898-9

This winter has been a most remarkable one for the vast quantity of snow and continuous winds, entailing heavy losses on business interests and great inconvenience to the people generally. 

Winter began early in October and continued more or less until the middle of January when blizzards made their appearance on the ranges and have continued almost uninterruptedly ever since and with greater or less severity all over the country. 

Business men in New York were unable to reach their offices for three days at a time, on account of snow and blockaded street traffic. The inhabitants of New Orleans went skating, a pastime indulged in by but few generations in that latitude. An oyster famine was threatened for a time because the ocean waters froze over the oyster beds. 

Locally, the storm has raged along the Park Range with great severity, absolutely suspending traffic and closing down many business enterprises. While the quantity of snow has not been so noticeable in the South Park and low lands, in some parts it has been great and it is estimated that the loss of the cattle and sheep interests will run from 10 to 25 per cent throughout the mountain states and the quantity of snow on the mountains is unprecedented. Snowslides are of frequent occurrences. They have come down the mountains burying the railroads under hundreds of feet of snow, trees and rocks. 

A miner, near Kokomo, (1) had taken a dinner pail and proceeded about one-hundred feet from hut home, when a snow slide swept his dwelling out of existence and his wife and children into eternity. 

Half the town of Silver Plume was swept away by a snow slide and more than a dozen people killed. Deaths from exposure are of almost daily occurrence. The losses incurred by the railroads are almost incalculable, revenues practically ceased and thousand of dollars were daily expended in a vain endeavor to open the road, but where an opening was made on one hour the wind would fill it up with snow the next. The Midland failed to run a train to Leadville for more than a month. The Rio Grande would have its road open probably a day out of a week. On the South Park, no train has been run from Como to Leadville since the 25 of January, and for more than a month Grant has been the terminus west of Denver. A train lies covered in the snow in Ten Mile canon, the crew walked to Como on snow shoes. Food is being carried to Kokomo by men on snowshoes, a distance of nine miles from a station on the Rio Grande road. The people of Breckenridge are endeavoring to build a sleigh road from there to Como as supplies are running very short to the city of Leadville itself has been for days without railroad communication. Miners of the time were engaged in opening the road to admit coal etc., all available, was immediately rushed in and the road instantly closed again by snow. The mines are closing down for lack of supplies. In this County the Hill Top, London and other mines closed long ago for this reason, although half has not been told. The wildest romancers could not imagine or describe the expense, hardships and suffering that have actually been incurred in the Rocky Mountains the past two months and the end is not in sight.

(1) Kokomo, Summit County, was the center of activity in what came to be known as the Tenmile District. Minor placer gold discoveries were made as early as 1861, but significant mining in the area did not begin until after the rich silver deposits in nearby Leadville were discovered in 1877.

Significant silver deposits were discovered in the Tenmile Valley in the summer of 1878, and by 1881 the town of Kokomo was booming with a reported 10,000 inhabitants.

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