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History Hike To The Eugenia Mine In Rocky Mountain National Park


rmnp-hike-mountainsHistory surrounds us in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Sometimes one has to squint to see it, but the Eugenia Mine is one place where tangible historical evidence is found. The 1.5 mile hike, at the base of Longs Peak, to the Eugenia Mine leads to a place of both hard labor and relaxing fun. On Monday, July 15 from 8:00 a.m. to noon, learn about mining in the early 1900s, about the family who worked the Eugenia Mine claim, and what the mine produced.

Along the trail to the mine, hikers will learn about others who went before them: adventurers seeking to conquer Longs Peak; pioneers and rangers who called this area home; and laborers from across the country that enhanced the National Park trail system as members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Rachel Williams, an avid hiker and researcher living in Estes Park, will lead the hike and provide interpretation. Born in Denver, Williams grew up in a Chicago suburb. After college she returned to Colorado and has called it home ever since. Her connection to Estes Park goes back 20 years when she and her husband, Tom, bought a house as a getaway from city life in Denver. They moved to Estes Park five years ago to live here full‐time. Williams served as a conference speaker and teacher and she loves reading and sharing what she discovers in her local history investigations.

Participants will meet at the Museum and hop aboard a bus bound for the Longs Peak Trailhead where the group will set out for the old mine site. The trail has an elevation gain of nearly 400 feet and is about three miles round‐trip with rocks and roots. Hikers need to be physically fit, wear adequate footwear, and to bring their own water and snacks. Cost is $6 per person. Space is limited to 12 seats; registration opens Monday, June 24 and is required to participate. Contact Alicia Mittelman at 970‐577‐3762 or amittelman@estes.org to register.

For more information on exhibits, events, tours and programs, please visit www.estes.org/museum or call the Estes Park Museum at 970‐586‐6256. The mission of the Estes Park Museum, located on 200 Fourth Street, is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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