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Art + History in Eagle County

The 15th Annual Red Cliff Studio Tour takes place August 18-19, 10am to 5pm on both days.  Local artists and some guest artists will be exhibiting (and selling) at several studios in town and at town hall, the old Red Cliff School building.  Every Studio Tour brings new media and new works, this year including oils, photography, sculpture, fabric collage, handmade skis and boards, and custom furniture.  It’s an end-of-summer event that marks the beginning of fall, which often comes early in Red Cliff. Image What’s even more exciting is that the Red Cliff Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, August 18.  If you were unaware that Red Cliff had a museum, this is your opportunity to walk through early Eagle County history after checking out the art.  The Museum is in the Red Cliff School building. Image Completed in 1937, the school sits on Pine Street in red brick splendor, overlooking the town.  It now houses town administration and the museum; it functions as a community center, with the old gymnasium used for public events and dinners. Image From the Town of Red Cliff website [http://www.townofredcliff.org/index.html]: “A continuous settlement remained at the junction of the Turkey Creek and the Eagle River since the Rohm party set up their permanent camp at that location in early April 1879. This was the first permanent settlement on the Eagle River, and until 1900, it was the principal town of the region. Until July 25, 1879, the settlement was either nameless, or known as Battle Mountain. On that day, the inhabitants officially christened the town Red Cliff, named after the quartzite cliffs, stained dark red by the hematite iron present in the rock surrounding the town. Red Cliff was designated the county seat for Eagle county after the division from its larger, original size on February 11, 1883. The original county included the communities across the range such as Breckenridge.” Red Cliff retained its status as county seat until 1921 when the seat was moved to Eagle. The Red Cliff Museum retains many artifacts associated with the early days in Eagle County and with the history of mining in the Battle Mountain District.  Many items from the New Jersey Zinc Co. at Gilman may be found, in addition to items documenting domestic life in Red Cliff. Image The collection includes such interesting items as the railroad drill below, donated by Walter Fox who brought it from the Red Cliff Section House. Image Celebrate one of the last summer weekends in Red Cliff at the Studio Art Tour and stop by the Museum.  Admission is free for a taste of history and art. Image

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