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History chat chronicles Grand County’s colorful past

If you go

What: History Chat with Dave Lively, KAWUNEECHE VALLEY HERITAGE, Stories of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

When: Friday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m.

Where: Fraser Historic Church

Cost: $5

Do you ever wish you had lived in the pioneer days? Those folks had the inspiration to cross the Ute trails over the mountains to camp on the side of Colorado’s largest lake. They discovered the courage and adaptability to live in the mountains while digging a ditch to divert water out of the Grand River.

Pioneer folk worked at the Hotel DeHardscrabble or showed the stamina to walk from Denver to work on the Harbison Dairy ranch. Settlers to Grand County watched the Arapaho and Ute travel on their ponies through what would become Rocky Mountain National Park. They would have heard them use the name Kawuneeche. Later, they might have heard Enos Mills talk about preserving the land for all to explore and enjoy.

Living now we invite you to explore all these experiences and more. Dave Lively’s talk will inspire all to encourage their children and grandchildren to preserve the Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder of Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side far into the future.

In “Kawuneeche Valley Heritage” historian Dave Lively takes you on a speedy tour of the recurring themes of survival and success the past 11,000 years in our high isolated mountain valley. Always transient, the ebb and flow of passing cultures has influenced life today in this unique alpine corner of our nation.

The Grand County Historical Association invites all to come and enjoy stories of human nature encountering Mother Nature in what is now the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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