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Laurie Henderhan: West Side Stories

Laurie Henderhan / West Side Stories
Kremmling, CO Colorado

The Grand County Historical Association is celebrating 35 years of keeping Grand County’s past alive. The nonprofit association is hosting its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Seven Trails Grill at SolVista Basin in Granby. The evening, which is the main fundraiser of the year, will feature live and silent auctions, raffles and a fine meal.

Prizes include a handmade afghan and lunch and a soak at the Dunton Hot Springs near Telluride. Reservations for the dinner can be made at 725-3939. Tickets cost $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers and will be available at the door for $45.

The Historical Association has three museums in the county: Cozens Ranch in Fraser, Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs and Heritage Park in Kremmling. All three locations have historical buildings and displays of life in the past in Grand County.

The historical association was able to save the old Kremmling train depot from demolition just last year and it is sitting newly painted at Heritage Park next to the McElroy livery barn. The Fitch ranch house was saved from destruction under Wolford Reservoir. The old log jail from the town square and the Forest Service Ranger Station from the Williams Fork are also at Heritage Park on 4th Street.

All of the museums are open in the summer, and the Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur is open Wednesday through Saturday in the winter as well.

Membership to the historical association costs $25 a year. The association is always looking for volunteers to man the museums, which are in danger of closing due to lack of funds and manpower. If you would like to learn more about the history of Grand County or volunteer at one of the museums, call the Pioneer Village Museum at 725-3939.

The Last Time ‘Round Thrift Shop is the primary supporter of Heritage Park. Proceeds from the store go to the upkeep and expenses of the historical park in Kremmling. The thrift store moved to its larger location on the town square at 114 N 3rd Street last winter and has been able to increase its contributions to the historical association, as well as contributing to The Troublesome Horse Rescue, the Pregnancy Resource Center and the Mountain Valley Christian School. The larger location has made it possible for the store to accept more donations and offer a greater variety of clothing, household items, baby accessories, tools, books and movies.

The thrift store has a drop box at the back of the building for your donations. Manager Monika Cary and her volunteers have the store open through the week and are looking for a Saturday volunteer. To volunteer at the thrift store, stop in and talk to Monika.

The annual Veterans Day breakfast will be held next Wednesday, Nov. 11. The breakfast for all veterans and their families and friends will be at Snow Mountain Ranch commons at 7:45 a.m. The Granby Elementary Mini Singers will provide a program during the breakfast. Contact Duane Dailey for more information at 725-3240.

The West Grand High School Future Farmers of America Club is holding its annual fruit sale through Nov. 23. You can purchase assorted fruit boxes with apples, pears, grapefruit, oranges and other fruit. Contact the high school at 724-3425 or any FFA member to place your order or for more information.

Happy Birthday to Nolan Smith who turned 9 on Monday, Nov. 2.

Our condolences to Larry Banman and his family on the loss of his father.

Our community has also been deeply saddened by the loss of a young friend and neighbor, Josh Schonlau. Our deepest sympathy goes out the Schonlaus and their extended family.

– Contact me with your events or programs at or 970-531-2431 or 724-9575. Have a good week.

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