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Hayden history buffs create book

Heritage center, Leslie seek photos for pictorial piece

Members of an early Hayden-area family, Ed and Bess Fulton, enjoy a laugh and a shared snack inside a west Routt County homestead cabin.
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Hayden’s unofficial historian and the Hayden Heritage Center are seeking photographs for a new book about the town.

Jan Leslie and the museum have received approval from Arcadia Publishing for their proposal. The book will be a pictorial history of the town from the first settlers to about World War II, museum curator Mary Pat Dunn said. They’re looking for more photographs to add to their collection.

“We could use photographs, maybe from the ’40s, the ’50s,” Leslie said. “Somebody may have pictures of doctors, nurses. Some that weren’t used in other Hayden books.”



She doesn’t want a flood of war photos, however. People who have historical photographs can take them or mail them to the museum on Pearl Street. Dunn or Leslie can scan and immediately return them. They’re hoping to round up photos throughout April.

Leslie said she could use a good photo of the train and perhaps sports teams from Mount Harris.



“Some people might have a picture of the baseball teams,” she said. “Those kids were wonderful athletes.”

Leslie also needs a photo of the old Church of Christ, which is in downtown Hayden near the Redstone Motel.

“I’m hoping somebody might have a picture taken of it from when it was built,” she said. “The only one I have was taken a few years ago.”

She’d also like photos of nurses and hospital workers from the 1920s and ’30s, as well as images of downtown businesses from the 1940s and ’50s.

“Maybe somebody has pictures of people out on the river cutting ice – things that didn’t make it into the other book,” Leslie said.

Those that aren’t used still could appear in museum displays, Leslie said.

The book will be sold to raise money for the heritage center, Dunn said. She expects it to retail for about $21.95.

Arcadia Publishing specializes in local histories and has printed more than 5,000 titles, according to its Web site. The company approved the proposal in late March.

“They’re really nice books, and they just kind of have this pre-format, but the way it looks, you just want to pick them up,” Dunn said.

The company probably will market the book through much of Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Dunn said.

Captions for the photos must be at least 50 words, Leslie said, and she asked that people who bring in photos try to get information about the subjects. Leslie reminded people that they might not realize their photos have historical value.


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