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Red Cliff Cemetery tour Aug. 18: County’s oldest graveyard holds fascinating tales

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Explore the county’s first graveyard at the Red Cliff Cemetery tour on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event is hosted by the Eagle County Historical Society.

RED CLIFF — Meet some of Eagle County's most colorful characters on Saturday, Aug. 18, when the Eagle County Historical Society offers tours of the Red Cliff's Greenwood Cemetery.

Actors and actresses will portray the people who came to Eagle County during the silver boom of the 1880s. Meet Colorado's first woman judge, who had a reputation for being tough on bootleggers. Get to know one of the adventurous mining men who saw treasure in the quartzite veins of Battle Mountain. Hear a sad tale from a woman who worked the red light district of the mining camp.

'Rough and tumble'

"Red Cliff was the first settlement in the county. It was a rough and tumble mining camp, and those graves in the mountain cemetery have some memorable stories to tell," said Kathy Heicher, historical society president. The Red Cliff museum will also be open that day and the Red Cliff Creative Industries Arts and Crafts Fair is also taking place the same day as the tours.

The 90-minute cemetery tours will be offered continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Sign up in advance at eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com, or call 800-838-3006.