The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will host guided tours of the Stagecoach dam with Stagecoach State Park Naturalist Andrew Henry on Saturday and Sunday. Henry will speak about the history of the area, the dam and the wildlife that can be seen in the area. The tours are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and younger.

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The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will host guided tours of the Stagecoach dam with Stagecoach State Park Naturalist Andrew Henry on Saturday and Sunday. Henry will speak about the history of the area, the dam and the wildlife that can be seen in the area. The tours are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and younger.

Oak Creek to offer events all weekend

Historical society to host barbecue, tours and art for Labor Day

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Labor Day weekend events for the Oak Creek Tracks and Trails Museum

All weekend: Continuation of the display, "The Immigrant Experience in and around Oak Creek, CO, 1910-1960"

Saturday

10 a.m. Tour of Stagecoach State Park Reservoir and dam, with guided tour from Stagecoach State Park Naturalist Andrew Henry

1 p.m. Tour of the Foidl schoolhouse and Twentymile Mine

3:30 p.m. Tours of local mines

4 to 7 p.m. Reception for artist Nita Herold Naugle at the museum

Sunday

10 a.m. Tour of Stagecoach State Park Reservoir and dam, with guided tour from Stagecoach State Park Naturalist Andrew Henry

1 p.m. Tour of the Foidl schoolhouse and Twentymile Mine

3:30 p.m. Tours of local mines

4 p.m. Barbecue at Decker Park

All tours are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tours will meet at the Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main St. in Oak Creek.

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— The Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg will serve up barbecue, tours, art and a heaping dish of history during this year's Labor Day events in Oak Creek.

Yampa artist Nita Herold Naugle also will debut her show at the museum during a reception at 4 p.m. Saturday. Naugle, who has art hanging in Hayden and Steamboat Springs, said this is the first time she will show at the Oak Creek museum, and she is planning to debut several new pieces among the 18 paintings, photographs and drawings she puts up.

Naugle's South Routt-themed art includes landscapes and natural elements, she said, ranging from the buttes near Yampa to a sunset over Stagecoach Reservoir.

"About every area in Routt County is paintable or is able to be depicted in art," she said.

The Tracks and Trails Museum will host tours of several of the areas featured in Naugle's work Saturday and Sunday.

Curator Laurie Elendu said the museum will host tours to the historic Foidl schoolhouse near Twentymile Mine, to the mine itself, to Stagecoach Reservoir and to local mines Saturday and Sunday.

The tour groups will be transported on shuttle buses to the locations with a guided tour of some of the significant areas in the region.

Elendu said the Foidl schoolhouse, likely built in the early 20th century, is in much better shape than most other schoolhouses in the area.

"It's excellent condition," she said. "It does need some work, but in relative terms, it seems to have lasted where others haven't."

The schoolhouse is also unique because it is one of the few to have multiple buildings on site - the schoolhouse, a house for the teacher and an outhouse.

"It's never been moved, so it keeps it in context, which is excellent," she said.

A separate tour will visit the Stagecoach Reservoir, where Stagecoach State Park Naturalist Andrew Henry will take the tour group onto the dam.

Henry will give a short talk about the history of the reservoir, the history of the area and the significant wildlife present, including the bark beetles that have infested much of the area.

"I've been running programs of this nature all summer so what I think I'll do is use all my experience and knowledge from the summer here" to make a presentation, he said.

Each of the tours is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children.

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