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Please don't ask me where your summer went.  I have no idea and I vaguely remember May but not June and July.  However, August brings the 16th Annual Red Cliff Studio Tour August 17-18.  What a good excuse to do some pre-holiday shopping and visit the always exciting town of Red Cliff. img790B The Studio Tour & Guest Artists will be open from 10AM to 5PM on both August 17 and August 18.  The Guest Artists will be located in the old Red Cliff School building, completed in 1937.  Looking over the town from 400 Pine Street, the school has seen many generations of locals receive their education and go out into the world. 1981.001.043As long as you're coming to Red Cliff, I would highly recommend visiting the Red Cliff Museum, located in the old school building.   It will be open Saturday August 17, from 10AM to 5PM.  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.   Below, Ernie Dumph and Angela Beck are talking about Red Cliff as they knew it. IMG_2022 In the former principal's office above the stairwell in the school, a nice collection of school memorabilia is on display.  Uniforms, class pictures, annuals, and trophies are available for those interested.  Below, Angela and Len Dumph look at the class of 1949 (an excellent year!). IMG_2023 Red Cliff was the first town in Eagle County and was the county seat until 1921.  It is fascinating to look at the architectural styles of the old buildings and to walk through the Greenwood Cemetery.  Many names from Eagle County history are recorded there:  Nottingham, Fulford, Webb, McMillen, DaLee, etc.  Below is the marker for Percy Fulford, died May 16, 1886, at six months, and Earl Fulford, died April 13, 1889, at three months. 2007011015   And do come by the museum and say hello.  I'd love to have the company and talk about one of my favorite places. img791      

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