A fun time was had by all at the recent ice cream social hosted by the WHG&HS at the Pavilion at Trinity Ranch in Wetmore.
Around 40 people enjoyed ice cream and music by Cowboy Musician, Clint Carr. Dr. Hamilton gave a very interesting talk about the history of Trinity Ranch, along with information about Charles Goodnight who owned property and ran cattle in and around the Babcock Hole area of Wetmore and in Pueblo. Members of the Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee were also in attendance and talked more about Goodnight and the effort to preserve his barn located just outside of Pueblo.
It was a beautiful day in a beautiful location. Thank you to Dr. and Joan Hamilton for their hospitality.
The old lodge used for guests attending the Trinity Ranch Summer Camp. The lodge is now a private residence and is being renovated.
Mark your calendars for August 8th! The Society will host a Community Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 8th, 2:00 p.m., at the Trinity Ranch. This is open to ALL the area residents and families. Dr. Hamilton will give a brief history on Trinity Ranch along with information about Charles Goodnight running cattle in Babcock Hole. We will also hear from Clint Carr, cowboy guitarist.
The Social replaces our regular August meeting. The next regular meeting will be September 12th at 10 a.m., in the Society's meeting room behind the Post Office.
On July 16th the History Center was the site of the 2nd Wetmore Kiosk Meeting with Judy Walden, moderator. 17 participants were present to see and hear the presentation by Jeanne Fenter-Snider (Walden team member) who had our stories, photos in powerpoint format. The team also had the kiosk broken down by each of the 3 panels along with suggested text and map information for each. After our discussion, the team now goes back to firm up each of them, incorporating our suggestions. A third meeting will be held in the near future for our review of these results.
Southern Rockies - Crossroads of Culture (SRCC)members, CDOT, and the Walden Mills Group appreciate your time and input at the meetings.
Our regular monthly meeting of WHGHS will be this coming Saturday, July 11th, at the Historical Society meeting room behind the Post Office in Wetmore, 10 a.m.
We'll be discussing the Ice Cream Social for the community to be held Saturday, August 8th, at Trinity Ranch. We'll need volunteers to help Anne, Vivienne and Joan. Clint Carr, Cowboy Guitarist, will be our guest.
Also, have you given ideas for the kiosk to be installed at the crossroad of Highways 67 and 96? What person or building represents Wetmore from your viewpoint? Meeting #2 is scheduled for July 16th @ 10 a.m. in the Historical Society's meeting room.
Last month's program with Tom and Ce Sanders was great. Tom discussed the area's geology and Ce talked about their wildlife rehab. Both were informative and very interesting. Thanks again to them and to Peggy for making the arrangements.
The first meeting for the Wetmore Kiosk was held June 2 in the Wetmore Community Building. This meeting was the first of four to be held over the next few months as the Wayfinding Kiosk program progresses towards completion. The plan is to have a 3 panel kiosk highlighting the history, geology and other points of interest in and around Wetmore for travelers visiting the area. The Wetmore kiosk is the first to be installed along Hwy 96 into Westcliffe and Hwy 67 into Florence.
This first meeting was designed to be a 90 minute storytelling session, allowing residents of the Wetmore area to share stories and photos highlighting the essence of our community. Approximately 21 people and 2 Custer County Commissioners from Wetmore, Westcliffe, Florence, Coal Creek, Canon City, Fowler and Denver areas were in attendance as Project Manager Judy Walden facilitated the discussion and Research Specialist Jeanne Fenter-Snider took notes. It was a lively and interesting evening as local family histories and memories were shared.
WHG&HS President Margaret holds a photo of the Watson Half-way Stage Stop at Jackson Hill, just outside of Wetmore.
Two thousand riders participating in the 2015 Ride the Rockies passed through Wetmore and the Hardscrabble Canyon on the last leg of their 7 day, 495 mile journey which began in Grand Junction and ended with much fanfare in Westcliffe on Saturday, June 20.
Riders began their 47 mile ride in Canon City Saturday morning and started passing by the Hayward residence on Hwy 96 outside of Wetmore at about 7:30 am. The Haywards are guessing that they are about the 1/2 way point of the final ride.
We have an historic treasure located approx 35 miles east of Wetmore on State Hwy 96 outside of Pueblo.
The Goodnight stone barn was built in 1870 by pioneer cattleman Charles Goodnight as part of his Rock Canyon Ranch. The barn has fallen into disrepair, but full restoration is the goal of the Goodnight Barn Preservation Committee.
Charles Goodnight has a Wetmore connection! He used to winter his cattle in Babcock's Hole because of the abundance of water. This area is now owned by Robert and Joan Hamilton of Wetmore and is a working ranch.
1. First, a reminder that the local kiosk meeting is this Tuesday, June 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wetmore Community Building in the downstairs hall. We want you there sharing your stories about the early days of Hardscrabble and Wetmore. Bring your photos that represent the area. What do you think makes this part of the county and Colorado important to visitors or to area residents? Your input will be discussed and reviewed; what should be shared with the travelers/tourists. Ranching, orchards, agriculture, sawmills, mining, geology and our family histories, etc., had direct impact how this corner of Custer County helped build our cultural heritage that we want to preserve for future generations.
2. The June WHGHS meeting is Saturday, June 6th, at 10 a.m. in the Post Office meeting room. Our guest speakers will be Tom and Cee Sanders on wildlife rehabilitation and local geology. Hope we have a good crowd for these interesting and relative subjects. (This meeting is a week earlier than normal due to some conflicts on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Your prior notices have alerted you to this, so we look forward to seeing you a week earlier than normal.)
3. Our friend Dick Doman is having medical issues right now. Your prayers for recovery and comfort would be appreciated. Please do not email him but a card or phone call would be nice.