Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society is busy this winter

By Tamie Meck


Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society is busy this winter | Hotchkiss, Museum

Photo by Tamie Meck The authentic old log cabin at the corner of 2nd Street and Hotchkiss Avenue in Hotchkiss is part of the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum and is furnished to replicate the 1890s. The society's annual meeting is scheduled for Feb. 2

The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society is now in its 41st year of existence and has a lot of plans for 2016. The board of directors held its monthly meeting Monday and talked about some of those plans.

A reprinting of a brochure originally created to celebrate Colorado's bicentennial in 1976, "Hotchkiss - Crawford: 1891-1910" is currently in the works. The calendar-sized brochure, which has been a big seller in the past, contains information about and photos of the area. Once complete, it will be available for purchase.

The society is also in favor of granting a request by the family of the late Mamie Ferrier to help with completion of a fourth history book she was writing at the time of her death in 2005. Ferrier's books include "Long Horns and Short Tales: A history of the Crawford County," Volumes I and II, which were co-written with George Sibley.

Board members also report that the Clear Fork Cemetery fencing project is complete. The project was done to keep people from trampling the cemetery, also known as the Old Crawford Cemetery, Maher Cemetery and the Collins/McNeill Family Cemetery. Joe Oglesby and Dan Rockwell built the metal pipe fence with donated materials, Susan Ayer, of Crawford, donated the gate, and a great-great-granddaughter of one of the families represented at the cemetery donated $500 for the project.

Board members expressed interest in hosting a field trip to the cemetery this spring after the snow has melted.

The historical society's annual meeting will be held Feb. 28 in the Community Room at the newly remodeled Crawford Town Hall. Guest presenter will be Hal Jackson, co-author with Marc Simmons of "The Santa Fe Trail: A Guide" and other books including "Following the Santa Fe Trail: A Guide for Modern Travelers." The guide book includes in-depth information on the trail, along with maps, sidebars and suggested side trips along the trail route. The public is invited to attend.

The museum is home to numerous exhibits, artifacts and photographs, as well as an authentically furnished 1890s cabin. Books on local history are also available for purchase.

The society is preparing to send out its annual member newsletter and is always looking for new members. Winter hours are Saturdays from 1-4 p.m., and by appointment. Summer hours begin on Mother's Day and run through Labor Day. The board meets the second Monday of each month. Call 872-3780 or visit the museum's Facebook page for more information.