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History chat focuses on mountain club’s role in formation of Rocky Mountain National Park

Courtesy of Grand County Historical Association

As part of RMNP’s Centennial Celebration, experts will present the role of the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) in founding the Rocky Mountain National Park during a History Chat at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Historic Fraser Church.

With over 100 years of history, the park was the best single act of the Colorado Mountain Club – supporting the drive to create Rocky Mountain National Park. Enos Mills, credited with his environmental stance supporting the movement, was one of the 25 original members of the Colorado Mountain Club.

It was also CMC members who sought tribal assistance to name landmarks in the park. In 1914, a group set off by train and wagon to interview elder Arapahoe living on Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Partly funded by CMC, three Arapahoe Indians then traveled to RMNP to participate in a 2-week horse pack trip to chronicle Native Americans’ historical connections and names in RMNP. The elders provided historical Native American names to prominent land features within the park, including Never Summer Range and Indian Peaks. Learn about these and other stories of how the actions of CMC members were instrumental in moving toward this major goal 100 years ago.

Linda Lawson is a CMC volunteer leader, instructor and board of directors member. She co-chairs the committee to celebrate RMNP’s Centennial as part of CMC’s 2015 Year of the Mountaineer, developing a program of climbs, hikes and wildflower discoveries during the Centennial Year, September 2014 to September 2015.

Lin Wareham-Morris is an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club and a librarian. She became interested in the role of the Colorado Mountain Club in the creation of RMNP and has enjoyed browsing through the CMC Archives in her search for photos and information highlighting CMC activities is the early years of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Speakers Linda and Lin are longtime guides and advocates of both RMNP and the CMC in Golden. Join us in welcoming these interesting guests to Grand County. $5 Donation.

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