Second annual Hayden cemetery features living history |

Second annual Hayden cemetery features living history

— Following a sold out event in 2014, tickets are still available for this year’s living history tours at the Hayden Cemetery.

The event, dubbed “Echoes of the Past: Lantern Tour of the Hayden Cemetery,” was expanded this year to accommodate more people. Tours will be held at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Friday’s 6:30 p.m. tour is sold out.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hayden Heritage Center museum or online at Proceeds are split between the museum and Hayden High School’s creative writing and theater programs, which provide the cast for the tours.

“It’s an interesting way to get them interested in history,” museum curator Laurel Watson said.

The tours will start at The Haven, and a wagon will take people to the cemetery, where they will meet several of Hayden’s now-deceased residents.

Elmer Hindman was born in 1901 and lived through the hard times of The Great Depression. He was one of 34 miners killed in an explosion at the Mount Harris mine in 1942.

Marie Huguenin Holderness was born in 1909. She married Fred Holderness, and they raised four children on their ranch south of Hayden. Many of her descendants still live in and around Hayden.

Ernest Wagner was born in Denver in 1879 and arrived in Hayden at the age of 21 riding his bicycle.

He ran the Wagner Saddle, Harness & Leather Shop for 30 years. He was civic-minded and repaired broken toys to give to needy children during the holidays.

Coke Roberds was born in 1870 and moved to Routt County in 1908. He spent his career breeding horses.

Antonio Skufca was born in 1903 and lived in Mount Harris, where he pursued a career in mining. He was also killed in the Mount Harris explosion.

Winnie Carroll was born in 1898 and was an academic who raised eight children. She was the Colorado Honorary Mother of the Year in 1966 and became the oldest full-time college student in the United States when she enrolled in a master’s program at the age of 81.

The final character is John T. Whyte, who was born around 1854. He was the county school superintendent and the first person to be buried at the cemetery.

Desert and hot drinks will be provided after the tours. From 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, there will be a chili dinner served at the Haven. The cost is $5.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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