FREE: Self-guided tours. You can pick-up a brochure in the historic town of Palmer Lake at the Lucretia Vaile Museum located at 66 Lower Glenway Street, Palmer Lake, CO below the Library and across from the historic Palmer Lake Town Hall and Village Green. Museum is open on Saturdays from 10-2 and Wednesdays 1-4. Free and open to the public.
JULY, 2023 EVENTS INCLUDED:
As a benefit to being a member of the Palmer Lake Historical Society you are invited to join Jim Sawatzki, Telly Award winner on a member’s only walking tour of historical Monument and Palmer Lake. Limit 30 guests per hike. We hope you can join us!
Jim was our Palmer Lake Historical Society’s 2022 president and is an award-winning director who has produced many historical videos about the Palmer Divide such as Star on Sundance, The Life & Times of General William Jackson Palmer and more… and has led many historical tours throughout the years.
Sunday, July 9, 10:00 AM — Historic “Old Ranch Town” of Monument, CO
Easy walking tour just over one mile. We will meet at Limbach Park in Monument next to the bandstand. This will be an easy walk and opportunity to learn about Monument’s history, its old train station, stock yards, hotels and schools.
Monument began as a territorial ranching settlement in the mid 1860s. It was first called “Henry’s Station”, after Henry “Dutch” Limbach, who ran a saloon on his homestead claim. When the Denver & Rio Grande railroad came through in 1872, the name was changed to Monument, after the prominent rock formation to the west of town.
The town layout is quite typical of a 19th-century western railroad town with a “Front Street” usually parallel to the train tracks, intersected with written, numbered street names, followed by commemorative presidential names.
Please note, there is no access or entry to private homes. Stay to enjoy lunch at many favorite restaurants in town.
Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, closed toe hiking shoes, snacks to eat along the walk and your favorite walking stick. In case of inclement weather (lightening or hail) we will reschedule. We want you to stay safe.
We hope you can join us for these tours designed especially for you. FREE for PLHS members. Please make your reservations by e-mailing us at email@example.com