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Events celebrate Hayden’s heritage

Rosamond Underwood and Dorothy Woodruff were two women who ventured west to be teachers at the Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse about 17 miles north of Hayden. In Dorothy Wickenden’s New York Times best-seller, “Nothing Daunted," the author chronicles their Western pilgrimage and what it was like living in the remote area at that time. In this photo the two teachers are pictured with their students at the Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse.





Rosamond Underwood and Dorothy Woodruff were two women who ventured west to be teachers at the Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse about 17 miles north of Hayden. In Dorothy Wickenden's New York Times best-seller, "Nothing Daunted,” the author chronicles their Western pilgrimage and what it was like living in the remote area at that time. In this photo the two teachers are pictured with their students at the Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse.

— History abounds in Routt County, and this summer, those stories of old will unfold as visitors go back in time through a variety of events at the Hayden Heritage Center that aim to raise funds for the museum's expansion project.

"It's much more real when you're there and can experience it for yourself and put yourself in these people's place, look around and imagine what it was like to live in those periods of time," Hayden Heritage Center curator Laurel Watson said.

On May 21, the museum will host the Ride the Cog bike ride as a fundraiser that will offer three rides — a 26-mile paved ride, a 25-mile gravel grinder and the 5-mile downtown ride. There will also be an after-party at the HiWay Restaurant with live music from the Geppert Hanley Band, a silent auction and a bike swap at the Iron Horse Trading Shop on Walnut Street.

On June 18, visitors will have a chance to become fully immersed in Dorothy Wickenden's New York Times best-seller, "Nothing Daunted," which chronicles the Western pilgrimage of Wickenden's grandmother, Rosamond Underwood, and friend Dorothy Woodruff as they ventured west to be teachers at Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse about 17 miles north of Hayden.

The museum will offer an exclusive, one-day tour featuring key points mentioned in Wickenden's book. A few of those include a nature walk to the teachers' homestead with author Mary O'Brian, a historical monologue with Underwood portrayed by Sue Malmstadt, a member of the Legendary Lady touring group, and a presentation about the history of the Elkhead students and their families by Belle Zars, granddaughter of Ferry Carpenter, a well-known historical figure in Hayden.

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"These were socialite girls, not ranching girls, but they made that journey to become these teachers at this small schoolhouse," Watson said. "When you put it into perspective of what life was like during that time, it's pretty amazing."

The museum will also host Mt. Harris Day on July 23, featuring a talk about the former coal mining town by historian Paul Bonnifield. There will also be a morning cleanup of the historic site, located on U.S. Highway 40, and a free barbecue.

An oral history-recording booth will be available for those who wish to share their favorite memories of Mt. Harris with the community.

Bursting at seams

"Everything in this museum has a story," Watson said. "Stories about people traveling here, how they got here, etc. I just love being able to share this with people."

The railroad depot that houses the Hayden Heritage Center on North Poplar Street is home to a collection of historical trinkets, photos and records as links to Hayden and Routt County's past.

But recently, the museum has reached maximum capacity.

"We are filled to the brim," she said. "We need more space for the agriculture and mining collection and also a space to have more community activities, that include historical programming."

To allow for more space of the museum's collections, storage and library areas, Watson said the second phase of the museum expansion project will start July 18 and continue through Aug. 5. The project will include the deconstruction and reconstruction of the Holderness Granary on museum property across from the Depot.

"This will enable us to bring items that have been in storage offsite back to the museum and it will also allow us to stretch out in the Depot building and give us more room for onsite collection storage," Watson said.

Funds from Ride the Cog and the Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse tour will go toward the museum's fundraising goal of $500,000.

Registration for the Cog Ride and the Tour of Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse is available at http://www.haydenheritagecenter.org.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

Hayden Heritage Center Summer 2016 events

May 21: Ride the Cog

June 18: Day Tour of the Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse

July 16: Free Routt beer floats after the Hayden Daze Parade

July 23: Mt. Harris Day