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Isabella Bird: A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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Rocky Mountain Park Ranger Sue Langdon will present a first-­person account of Isabella Bird, the English woman who

 traveled more than 800 miles in the Rocky Mountains in 1873.

On March 5th, the Conifer Historical Society will present "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" at the Little White Schoolhouse in Conifer. As she traveled, Isabella wrote to her sister in England with an amazing account of an independent woman traveling in the wilderness by horseback. These letters comprised Isabella's book, A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.

The program begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 5th. The Little White Schoolhouse is located at 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer. Advance tickets are $8 for members and $10 for guests. Proceeds benefit the Little White Schoolhouse. Reserve or purchase your tickets at www.ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call 303-396-5975.


Boogie at the Barn proceeds benefit fire victim

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Boogie at the Barn events are known for giving back to local non-profits, but the one held on February 4th was a little different. The proceeds from this Boogie, for the first time, went to an individual. The recipient Dave Shelton, lost his Idaho Springs home and possessions due to a tragic fire on November 12th.

Dave, a well-known local artist and musician, had spent 25 years hand-building his three-story log home. Even more devastating than the loss of his home was the destruction of irreplaceable personal heirlooms and his own artwork spanning several decades. Woodcarvings and handmade guitars were all lost in the fire. Dave was left with little more than the clothes on his back.


Meet Elaine Hayden

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As a seamstress making sheepskin coats for a Canadian Company, Elaine Hayden relocated to Evergreen in 1976, having grown up in South Denver. She rented space from Dale Kleist on lower Main Street and did some sewing of leather products for him as well. Evergreen was somewhat on the hippie side then, much smaller, still just one stoplight in town.

At the time, she was the single mother of two boys attending Wilmot.

She met Tom Hayden – her husband-to-be – across the street at Olde’s Texaco. He was pretty much a local guy who’d spent his summers growing up on the Evans Ranch until he could move there permanently at age 18. From that relationship Elaine would become familiar with more of the ins and outs of Evergreen, the Upper Bear Creek Valley and Clear Creek County than most people who’ve lived here for 90 years.