June 2012 –

Creede and MC the place to be Labor Day Weekend

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 23, 2012. Join Creede and Mineral County in a well-deserved celebration of the national holiday, Labor Day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday begin at 7 a.m. at the Creede Airport with balloon rides, followed by a tailgate party. Friday night shines at 7 p.m. with the second annual Balloon Glow Party at the Old Catholic Church with live music, cocktails and glow. Saturday continues with the 26th Annual Creede Mountain Runs at 9 a.m. The Salsa Fiesta will take place on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday only. Sunday entertains with Creede's second Gravity Derby starting at 10 a.m. on Main Street Creede. At dark-thirty, a fabulous show of Fireworks will be displayed for all to see. On Monday, grab your helmet and gloves to compete in the Labor Day ATV Rodeo. The Mineral County Fairgrounds hosts this family event that challenges both new and experienced drivers with an obstacle course.

Silver Threads Quilt Guild Members Turn in Entries for Show

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 16, 2012. The members of the Silver Threads Quilt guild turned in their quilt for the Sept. 14-16, 2012 quilt show in Creede. About 170 quilts were submitted for the show in many categories; large, lap/twin, wall, miniature, children's scrap, holiday, challenge and round robin.

At Last—Paving Project to Begin in September

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 16, 2012. The Creede town board would like to notify the community that they plan to start a paving project after Labor Day. They plan to start on the north end of Loma and work south to keep Main Street open as long as possible. They will then move on to north Main and work south. Then they will work on Wall and 3rd street between Main and Loma, 5th between La Garita and Loma, and 7th between Main and Loma. They also plan to spread the milling from Main Street on some of the other streets throughout town. They expect the total project to take about three weeks and as the schedule is confirmed they will notify the public about alternate parking options.

Mining Brings Jobs to Creede Area

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 16, 2012. If there is any opposition to town-headquartered Rio Grande Silver, Inc. exploring for renewed mining opportunities north of the town, it wasn't apparent at a public meeting at the Community Center Tuesday evening, Aug. 14. The "Public Scoping Meeting" hosted by the Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) and attended by some 80 interested spectators listened to officials of the firm, a unit of Hecla Mining Co. from Couerd'Alene, Idaho, elaborate on how environmentally clean mineral exploration will be over the next three to four years, and the dozens of new jobs that are anticipated as a result of the project.

Celebrating Early Mountain Lifestyle

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 9, 2012. The annual Mountain Man Rendezvous near Creede welcomed visitors on Aug. 4 to share their appreciation for the history of mountain living. The modern vendors are representative of the merchants who would have traveled to a rendezvous to purchase furs and sell goods to the trappers. While the opportunity has passed to visit the rendezvous this year, they will gather again next summer and will welcome visitors on their public day.

Rock and Mineral Show Great Success

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 9, 2012. The eleventh annual Rock and Mineral Show brought experienced rock hounds, miners and novices to the Creede Community Center Aug. 3 to 5. Event organizer Jenny Inge said this year's event was "the best show ever." Thirty six vendors came to sell interesting and unique items including rocks, fossils, jewelry and more. They all told Inge that they had a great weekend and most made their best sales ever this year.

'Art in the Park' Kicks Off Aug. 10

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 2, 2012. The Creede Arts Council (CAC) is proud to present "Art in the Park 2012" featuring the sculptures of local artist Heather DeLonga. The event runs from Friday, Aug. 10, through Saturday, Sept. 15, in the newly revitalized Collins Memorial Art Park in downtown Creede. The opening day reception takes place from 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10.

Snowshoe Shuffle Challenge Saturday, Aug. 4

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 2, 2012. The 28th annual Snowshoe Shuffle is a run/walk for people of every ability, age and size, where every participant can make their race as fun or challenging as they like. The 5K route will take participants on a challenging run, half uphill and half downhill, out of town and along a rocky dirt road. Ribbons will be given to the top three winners in each age group. Medals will be awarded to the top three overall.

Harbert Touches African Community

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
August 2, 2012. Dr. Jennifer Harbert, a Creede resident and ER Physician at the Rio Grande Hospital, recently returned from helping jumpstart a medical clinic in central Ghana. She worked in conjunction with "Compassionate Journeys," a nonprofit organization that has been operating in Ghana for the past couple years to accomplish humanitarian goals, such as stopping child slavery and building an orphanage.

Democrat – Republican: It Really Doesn't Matter

Since we closed the Park/Resort on October 1, Helen and I have had the opportunity to travel across this great country of ours from the East Coast to the West Coast looking for trends in our industry - visiting parks and resorts - meeting resort and park owners, managers and just trying to keep current.

During our travels we had the opportunity to get a couple of tickets to attend a fundraiser for one of our granddaughter's schools. The guest speaker was the former President of the United States of America - George W. Bush (43). When our daughter knew we would be in the area, she asked "Daddy, would you like to buy a couple of tickets?" My response: "only if they are in a good location." Her response: "how about the 2nd row aisle seats?" I said "buy them." My opening comment "Democrat - Republican: It Really Doesn't Matter."

Just four years ago this man (a human being) was the most powerful person on this earth, and to be sitting 20 feet away from him and listening to him speak for 45 minutes and to take questions from the students for another 20 minutes was totally awesome. A lot of what I read and saw on TV I found not factual. He was humorous, funny, warm, and very much at ease - Yes. Extremely intelligent with tremendous recall of historic facts, again - Yes.

I didn't agree with every decision he made, but he was the President of the United States of America, and it was a privilege to be there. Roland

Locals Headed to Screen

Excerpts from The Mineral County Miner
May 17, 2012. Get ready, Hollywood, the Valley is about to grace the screen. According to Mary Hoffman of the Southern Colorado Film Commissioner, about 51 Valley residents have been hired as extras in Disney's "The Lone Ranger," which is filming in Creede next month. "They have hired cavalry soldiers and mounted soldiers from the Valley," Hoffman told the Valley Commissioners during their Monday morning meeting. "The 50 Chinese mine workers will come from Colorado Springs." She said the extras will take up lodging at Valley hotels and Adams State College has offered its vacant dorm space at a minimal fee. "They will all see revenues," Hoffman said. In March, Sande Alessi Casting held an open casting call in Alamosa attracting hundreds of locals. The agency considered Valley residents first before looking for extras elsewhere. Site work has been under construction in Creede since early spring and is closed to the public. Armie Hammer will play the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp as Tonto.

chs1659-b-37Creede Historical Society presents... ' From the photo files' 

This is the interior of Duncan's Store taken on August 11, 1908 showing the ice cream parlor. The two men are unidentified. Note the pressed metal ceiling and all the stuffed animals. In addition, it appears that you could get alcoholic drinks just forward of the ice cream. Creede Historical Society Archives, Catalog #3457-CS-3.

The Creede Historical Society has thousands of photos in its photo files. Unfortunately, most are not identified in any way. Often we do not know the people, the locations in the pictures, the photographer, or the date that the photo was taken. We need your help! If you can identify anything in this week’s photo, please call or write: Jan Jacobs, Creede Historical Society, P.O. Box 608, Creede, CO 81130. Telephone: 719-658-2394. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Copies of our photographs are available for a small fee.