The Buena Vista Tagalong has seen additional participants. Recently, in addition to the Butauds, we have Gene and Sarah Fisher, Jerry and Hessie Smith, and Jim and Tim Hoover stop by. A few of the many things to see and do in this area:
The Fishers, Smiths and Butauds attended a local theater production of “Madams of Central Colorado” on Saturday, July 8. This play recounts a bawdy side of BV history. It is based on factual events from the mid to late 1800s and early 1900s. The production is performed in the old Chaffee County Courthouse, which also serves as a museum. Performances are done 5 or 6 times each summer.
A nice drive took us to the Continental Divide. Water that drains on the east side flows to the Atlantic, and on the west side to the Pacific. Pizza in Leadville, CO (above 10,000ft. elevation), and whitewater rafting. So much to do!
Traveling Supreme members meet up at the FMCA National Rally in Indianapolis, IN. Pictured are Deanne & David Phillips, Dave Evans, and Les & Ida Cook. Dave Evans says hello to all & that he looks forward to seeing everyone at the Ohio & Indiana Gatherings next summer!
Judy and Irby Gamble have done a lot of work to set up a most excellent gathering in Millersburg (OH) for July 2018. This is at a very popular park and it pays to make reservations early. Please check the 2018 Proposed Rallies page Click here for more info.
We are experimenting with a “For Sale” section. It has been added to our main menu. There are certain rules to follow, be sure to get approval from a TS Officer before sending For Sale info to John Laninga.
BV Tagalong update
From Lou Butaud: First picture is of Fishers, Smiths and Butauds doing what we do best – eating. Picture was taken at Shallots which is an excellent restaurant in Salida introduced to us by John and Romola Laninga. Second picture is birthday time for Chris and Hessie at Shallots. Yum! Cake!
Wondering if anyone is in Chama yet… Romola and I are near Durango and plan to go to the Hot Springs next Tuesday, July 11th. Would love to meet up with anyone that would like to join us at the Springs, or for lunch, or for dinner. Maybe at Boss Hog, where we had dinner last year…
The Laningas left last week to meet other obligations, John Brandon left a few days ago, but the Smiths (Jerry and Hessie) joined us. We enjoyed the Fourth festivities in Buena Vista, where we positioned ourselves near the Grace Church. The Smiths and Butauds attended the patriotic concert following the parade, held in the Grace Church. Also on display were quilts made by members of the Grace Church in honor of veterans. The “quilters” of BV have now made and donated about 1,000 quilts to veterans.
Buena Vista has a rich mining history, with three railroad companies serving the area. One of these railroads was abandoned when the mines played out. In the late 1900’s the rails were removed and the old railroad bed was converted into a general purpose recreational roadway, open to cars, ATV’s, bikes and bikers. On June 30 we (John Brandon, Carol and myself) visited the old railroad bed, complete with tunnels blasted out of the rock.
On July 1 we drove to St. Elmo, a ghost town in Chaffee County, Colorado. Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista and sits at an elevation of 9,961 feet. Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver started. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the railroad discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado’s best preserved ghost towns.
View along the road in Buena Vista
John, Carol and Lou at St. Elmo ghost town
Old railroad bed, still with rails
One of the tunnels originally made for the train tracks