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Glen Haven Historical Society Dig Saturday, July 12

Drawing of a root cellar or similar at the putative Dunraven hunting lodge site, executed by one of the Cheley Colorado Campers last summer during a preliminary survey.  Photo courtesy Glen Haven Historical Society

Drawing of a root cellar or similar at the putative Dunraven hunting lodge site, executed by one of the Cheley Colorado Campers last summer during a preliminary survey.
Photo courtesy Glen Haven Historical Society

The dig is on! The Glen Haven Historical Society, in cooperation with the Cheley Colorado Camps, the Indian Peaks chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, and the Estes Park Archives, began digging in earnest this week at the potential Dunraven hunting lodge site in the Retreat section of Glen Haven.

On Saturday, July 12, a public tour of the site will begin at 1:15 p.m. Glen Haven area residents can meet in the Dunraven trailhead parking lot (the U.S. Forest Service parking lot where the Glade Road dead-ends) prior to 1:15, while Estes Park area residents will gather outside the George Hix community room of the U.S. Bank building on 363 East Elkhorn at 12:45 p.m. for a short orientation and carpooling to the parking lot, followed by a one-minute hike to the site over slightly hilly terrain.

After a 40-minute tour of the visible stone, rock, and wood structures on the property, along with examination of artifacts already recovered from metal detecting and shovel tests last year, those who are interested in participating in the dig are welcome to stay after and help for as long as they desire.

Volunteers should be equipped with work clothes and a sun hat, and bring along plenty of sunscreen and water. Brick or pointing trowels are also welcomed, although common garden trowels work in a pinch. Those who are unsteady on their feet should bring a walking stick or folding chair, while children under the age of 21 will require the consent of a parent or legal guardian.

For more information, call Duke Sumonia at 586-8505, or send an e-mail to dukeair@aol.com.

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