Class will help preserve Routt County's history

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— Twenty men and women put their heads together last year to tell a story. What they came up with will help preserve Routt County history.

Leadership Steamboat, a nine-month class for up-and-coming community leaders, gives people of different backgrounds and skills a chance to work together toward a common goal.

Class members chose a project that would enlighten visitors and residents about the county's unique heritage and western tradition.

They produced a CD that motorists can listen to as they drive past historical points of interest in Steamboat Springs and North Routt County.

The audio driving tour CD begins at the southern edge of Steamboat and concludes at Columbine, a historic mining town north of Clark.

On Thursday, class members presented their project to Marty Woodbury, executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

All proceeds from sales of the CD will benefit the museum. Woodbury received a box of 50 CDs to kick off the fund-raiser. The class donated all future production rights to Tread of Pioneers, so the museum can produce more CDs as the need arises.

Woodbury said the CDs would probably sell for $9.95.

It's a steal of a deal for an informal education about historic Routt County.

The project is not only a benefit to the community but a great show of teamwork and talent, said Sandy Evans-Hall, executive vice president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Each class member contributed a different skill to the project, student Cathleen Nardi said.

The driving tour opens with an introduction and views of what was formerly known as Storm Mountain from the Rotary Park parking area.

Stops in Steamboat include the rodeo grounds, Christian Science Church, Sheridan Hotel, the Old Town Pub building and the Depot.

The tour takes listeners past the Steamboat Springs Airport, Mad Creek Trailhead, Clark Store and Steamboat Lake State Park.

Sand Reed narrates the CD and musician Bill Martin provides the tunes. The CD jacket unfolds into a map of downtown Steamboat and North Routt County. Each spot is numbered and marked.

People interested in listening to the story of how Steamboat and its neighbors to the north came to be should stop by Tread of Pioneers or call the museum at 879-2214.

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