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Hanging flume is a tribute to engineering, bold ideas

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Interpretive Association of Western Colorado announces its annual meeting, to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. The free program will feature "The Best Kept Secret of the Wild West," the hanging flume.

Travel back to 1891 when the flume carried water 10 miles and, as designed, powered hydraulic cannon at the Montrose Placer Mining Company claims downstream along the Dolores River. Hear the boom and bust cycle of southwest rivers. Discover the intriguing story of the hanging flume. It remains a tribute to imagination and bold ideas, to engineering prowess and persistence, and most of all, a lasting legacy to human spirit.

The public is invited to this special preview.

In 1988, the Western Colorado Interpretive Association (WCIA) was organized to chronicle stories of the resources on public lands in Western Colorado. Agreements with the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) authorized the organization to operate sales outlets at Forest Service and BLM locations; host interpretive programs; and assist the agencies in informing the public about their public lands.

In 1992 WCIA took on new roles to collaborate in the identification, administration, funding, restoration and interpretation of projects of significance in Western Colorado. Partners included governmental agencies and a broad range of community organizations and individuals.

In 2013, WCIA updated its name to Interpretive Association of Western Colorado (IAWC). Securing and administering grants is a valuable service IAWC provides, working with the State Historic Society, Colorado Department of Transportation, regional and national foundations, local governments and federal agencies.

Because people and places matter, IAWC looks forward to many more years of preserving and celebrating the rich stories, legacies, and landscapes of western Colorado. For additional information contact Chris Miller, executive director, 874-8349.

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