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.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. will be the local kiosk meeting at the Wetmore Community Building, please see below. This is a very important step to get your input for the 3-panel signage that will be located at the junction of Highways 67 and 96. We want your voices to be heard.
Spread the word by telling your neighbors!
COME JOIN US AT THE FIRST MEETING FOR THE WAYFINDING SYSTEM, LOCAL KIOSK PROJECT IN OUR AREA. BRING YOUR STORIES OF SIGNIFICANT INTEREST TO PROMOTE HISTORY, TOURISM, AGRICULTURE, GEOLOGY, MINING, RANCHING AND FUN.
WHERE: WETMORE COMMUNITY BUILDING, downstairs
WHEN: Tuesday, JUNE 2, 2015, AT 6:00 P.M.
BRING YOUR STORIES AND PHOTOS WITH YOU. WE’LL SCAN THE PHOTOS BEFORE YOU LEAVE, SO THEY’LL NEVER LEAVE YOUR POSSESSION; CURRENT AND HISTORICAL PHOTOS, COLORFUL QUOTES, AND STORIES OF HUMAN INTEREST OR NATURAL INTEREST.
MODERATORS: JUDY WALDEN, PRESIDENT, AND JEANNE FENTER-SNIDER, OF THE WALDEN MILLS GROUP TEAM, ALONG WITH WENDY PETTIT FROM COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, REGION 2 (CDOT HAS PROVIDED FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT)
SOUTHERN ROCKIES: CROSSROADS OF CULTURE, YOUR CUSTER COUNTY MEMBERS
QUESTIONS: Margaret Storm, 275-8071, Peggy Martin, 784-4717 or Kathy West, 784-3374
Hi Everyone! Just a reminder we do not have a meeting this Saturday. Instead, we will meet May 17th with the Fremont Historical Society to hear our own member, Jeff Broome, give the program on the Indian Wars. That is a Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the church below. Directions are coming into Cañon City from the east. Margaret
Shepherd of the Hills Church, 801 Sheridan Ave., Canon City:
Coming from the East on Hwy. 50, there is a stoplight at WalMart which is on your right. You will continue West to the stoplight at 15th Street, about 1.8 miles, be in the right lane. Safeway and Pappa John's Pizza are on the righthand corners. Turn right onto 15th; there is a roundabout in front of you. Take the 2nd exit from the roundabout onto N. 15th (Post Office is on your right). Continue up 15th to either College or Woodlawn and turn left. Go 2 blocks and turn right onto Sheridan. The church will be on your left. Turn left into the church parking lot at the first driveway and park at the back. The doors will be open on that side of the church.
Our April meeting will be this Saturday, April 11th, at 10 A.M. in the meeting room of the Historical Society at Wetmore.
Please pray for a successful surgery for Bob Trevithick on April 13th when he is scheduled for a triple (or quadruple) by-pass. Also keep his family members in those prayers as they await the outcome. Bob is the father-in-law of Dave Alexander and his wife's (Karen) dad.
The May meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 17th, at 2 P.M., to hear Jeff Broome's presentation on his latest book, Cheyenne War - Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver 1864-1869. No business meeting will be held as we will be guests of the Fremont County Historical Society and supporters for Jeff (one of our members). The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 801 North Sheridan, in Canon City, is the site for presentation. A map is below for directions to the church and is also attached.
June's meeting will need to be rescheduled as Peggy and I will be at State Convention for Territorial Daughters of Colorado. I'm looking at the June 6th and we should have a special speaker that Saturday.
August 8th is the Community Ice Cream Social to be held at the Trinity Ranch Pavilion, 2 P.M. Clint Carr has agreed to play during the function. The Society is sponsoring this COMMUNITY event so we'll need everyone to be involved.
We also hope to have the Wetmore Historic Structures walking/riding tour this summer or fall. More details to follow.
Directions to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church:
Coming from the East on Hwy. 50, there is a stoplight at WalMart which is on your right. You will continue West to the stoplight at 15th Street, about 1.8 miles, be in the right lane. Safeway is on one corner. Turn right onto 15th; there is a roundabout in front of you. Take the 2nd exit from the roundabout onto N. 15th (Post Office is on your right). Continue up 15th to either College or Woodlawn and turn left. Go 2 blocks and turn right onto Sheridan. The church will be on your left. Turn left into the church parking lot at the first driveway and park at the back. The doors will be open on that side of the church.