Fulford Night at Museum relives mining camp days of Eagle County
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What: Learn the history of the Fulford mining camp with the Eagle County Historical Society.
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10.
Where: Eagle County Historical Museum, 100 Fairgrounds Road in Eagle.
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Available at www.eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com.
More information: Hearty appetizers, cash bar. Proceeds benefit ECHS.
EAGLE COUNTY — Fulford, the mining camp at the foot of New York Mountain that boomed in the 1880s through the early 1900s, has long been a topic of fascination for local residents. In 1896, when the gold and silver mining boom was at its peak, close to 300 people made their homes in Fulford. The bustling camp had two hotels, three saloons, a couple of general stores, a school and its own newspaper. By 1915, as the fortunes of the mines waned, Fulford was a ghost town, but the tales of lost gold mines and adventurous pioneers linger to this day.
The Eagle County Historical Society will present both the fiction and facts of the mining camp’s story at a fundraising event, Fulford Night at the Museum, on Thursday, Sept. 10. Entertainment for the evening will include a visit with an actor portraying Arthur Fulford, a prominent but ill-fated Eagle County miner who met an untimely death in 1891. Participants will also meet an 1890s miner and his burro, and will learn about the essential role burros played in mining camps.
The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by Richard Perske, author of “Boom Town to Ghost Town: The Story of Fulford.” Perske’s recently published book is based on several years of research, including a thorough examination of The Fulford Signal, the mining camp newspaper that was published in 1893. Perske’s book follows a number of the early pioneers who were involved in Fulford and clarifies the link between that camp and the mining activity at Aspen.
“Many people in the county are aware of the legend of a lost gold mine at Fulford. This event will give them a chance to hear that tale, while at the same time learning the more factual side of Fulford’s story,” said Kathy Heicher, president of the ECHS.
Heicher notes that the Fulford camp existed at the same time that miners were swarming the Battle Mountain mining district.
“This era is a key part of Eagle County’s early history. The miners were the first pioneers to arrive in the county. Many of them went on to become prosperous ranchers and the leaders of the community,” Heicher said. “Some of the things they did continue to affect the county today,”
These days, Fulford is a summer cabin community whose residents have constructed their present-day cabins alongside the remains of the original mining camp.
Fulford Night at the Museum will include a menu of hearty hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a cash bar. Perske’s book will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and are available at http://www.eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com. Guests are encouraged to join in the spirit of the night by wearing mining camp attire. Questions may be directed to Kathy Heicher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-328-7104.
Event sponsors include Custom House Construction Corporation, Riverwalk Wine & Spirits, Batson’s Corner (Eagle Pharmacy), Performance Automotive Center, Everyday Outfitters, Petals of Provence, Eagle Valley Dental and John Buchholz.
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