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Cardiff coke oven cleanup, cookout

Donna Daniels

Glenwood Springs will celebrate both its own colorful history and Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month with a bunch of fun activities in May.

From walking tours of the city to a day cleaning out the historic Cardiff coke ovens, there will be something for everyone, said Marice Doll, a member of the Glenwood Springs Historic Preservation Commission.

The fourth annual cookout and cleanup day at the Cardiff coke ovens is set for Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m.

“Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves, and we’ll supply the rakes and shovels,” Doll said.

The Frontier Historical Society is sponsoring the event and will provide barbecued brats and hot dogs for workers after the cleanup.

The coke ovens are located across from the Glenwood Springs rodeo grounds on Airport Road.

On the following Saturday, May 18, the Historic Preservation Commission will sponsor a walking tour of Glenwood Springs. Two tours will be offered, led by Doll, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning at City Hall, 806 Cooper Ave.

The tour will follow Cooper down to Grand Avenue and across the Grand Avenue Bridge to the historic Hotel Colorado, the Arts Center and the Yampah Hot Springs Vapor Caves, Doll said.

On Sunday, May 19, Jean Edmonds of the Roaring Fork Chapter of the Colorado Historical Society will lead a tour of the historic coal camp in South Canyon. That tour leaves City Hall at 1 p.m.

Joe Llewellyn, who lived at the camp, will be along to recount his memories of the old coal mining days in Glenwood Springs, Doll said.

For more information about the tours, call Doll at 947-1389.

“I think it’s really important with more people moving to Glenwood Springs, that they realize the history of this place, and know about the people who once walked the sidewalks here,” Doll said.


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