Red Cliff

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Red Cliff:  Elevation: 8,600; Permanent Population: 299

Located nine miles south of Minturn on Hwy 24, the town boomed as a mining town at the turn of the century.

Red Cliff was founded in 1879, its name derived from the red quartzite cliffs surrounding it. The town was the first white community in
the Eagle Valley, and served temporarily as the first county seat of Eagle County (formed out of Summit County in 1883) until the
relocation of the county seat to Eagle in 1921.

The oldest town in the county and the first county seat, Red Cliff is made up of friendly people with a mountain frontier attitude. At
near 9,000 feet above sea level, Red Cliff boomed at the turn of the century as a mining town with saloons, a bank, sawmills and
even an opera house. Today it is a quaint mountain community that continues to attract rugged individualists from business
entrepreneurs to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and fantastic wildflower viewing. From Red
Cliff you get close-up views and easy access to the Mount of the Holy Cross and the surrounding White River National Forest.

Tucked in a canyon near Vail, but definitely set apart from the high-rolling crowds at Vail and Beaver Creek resorts, Red Cliff is a tiny
town with a big, historic heart. Once a thriving mining depot, today Red Cliff has shut - but not forgotten - its saloons, brothels, and
hotels; its art community prefers instead the quite and beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Cross-country ski trails abound here; try 11-mile (mostly downhill) Shine Pass for a warm-up; drive or mountain bike the lofty road in
the summer. Either way, it offers phenomenal views of 14,005-foot, Mount of the Holy Cross. Those in search of trout fishing will find
numerous mountain lakes in the area; Missouri Lake, the closest to Red Cliff, is a three-mile drive and a three-mile hike in, but
perfect for a camp-out. Trail Wise guides downtown can point you in the right direction for any outdoor adventure.


                                      Red Cliff Cemetery tour Aug. 29th, 2009

                                           Eagle County's oldest graveyard tells fascinating tales

Grace Nottingham was a woman of notable beauty who killed her fiance´ during a lover's quarrel in 1903; then several
years later suffered a violent death. Learn about the notorious Nottingham family and other colorful characters of the
county at the Red Cliff Cemetery Tour on Saturday, Aug. 29. Courtesy of the Eagle County Historical Society

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado — Colorado's first woman judge, who had a reputation for being tough on bootleggers. The kindly mining
camp doctor who figured out how to cure pneumonia. The lawman that was gunned down by a teenage boy on Tennessee Pass.

Meet some of the county's most colorful characters on Aug. 29 when the Eagle County Historical Society offers tours of the Red Cliff
cemetery. The Historical Society has teamed up with a local theater group, the Porchlight Players, for a lively history event. Actors
and actresses will portray the people whose graves have been selected for the tour.

“Red Cliff was the first settlement in the county. It was a rough and tumble mining camp, and those graves in the mountain cemetery
have some memorable stories to tell,” says Historical Society President Kathy Heicher.

The walking tours will take a little over an hour, and will be offered continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Docents will lead tour groups
through the cemetery. In addition to the actors and actresses, some longtime locals, including Mauri Nottingham, will be on hand to
share the county's fascinating history.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the sale at the Red Cliff Town Hall. Parking is provided in the lot adjacent to the Town Hall.

Vail Resorts and Colorado Mountain Express will provide a free shuttle van for those who want a ride the short (but steep) hill to the
cemetery. Because the mountainside cemetery features uneven terrain, participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes.

The cemetery tour is offered on Saturday only.

However, Red Cliff will be bustling both Saturday and Sunday with the 12th annual Red Cliff Art Studio Tour. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on both days, visitors are invited to tour the art studios and browse through the artwork of local artists Marjorie Westermann, Lin
Janson-Will, Barb Bomier, Joan Norris, Steve Donahue, Jim Lamont, Sydney Summers, Bob Will and Ann Loper.

Also on display at the Town Hall will be quilts made by the late Melissa Trezise. She was a teacher and a life-long quilter whose work
incorporated a variety of techniques.

The Red Cliff Historical Museum, located in the Town Hall, will be open to visitors during the weekend. A featured display will be the
history-themed quilt made by the women of Red Cliff in 1979 to commemorate the town's 100th anniversary.

For further information about the cemetery tour contact Kathy Heicher at 970-328-7104. For more information about the art tour, call

RED CLIFF, Colorado — Eagle County pioneer Arthur Fulford was a prospector and a businessman who also served as the Red Cliff
town marshal from 1881-1892. Legend has it that Fulford was searching for a lost gold mine when he died in an avalanche on New
York Mountain in 1891.

Learn about Fulford and other colorful characters of the county at the Red Cliff Cemetery Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 29. The
tours will be offered by the Eagle County Historical Society in conjunction with the annual Red Cliff Art Studio Tour.

For more information, contact Kathy Heicher at 970-328-7104.

Red Cliff Cemetery Tour

When: Saturday, Aug. 29th, 2009
Time: Tours offered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults; $7 for Historical Society members; $5 for kids under 13
Details: Hosted by the Eagle County Historical Society. Tours start every half hour at the Red Cliff Town Hall, 400 Pine Street.
Tours last just over an hour. Wear walking shoes.
Questions: Contact Kathy Heicher, 970-328-7104


                  Above photo: The grave of Eagle County pioneer Arthur Fulford at the Red Cliff Cemetery
                                                  Special to the Vail Daily/Eagle County Historical

                      Above photo:  Arthur Fulford ------- (Special to the Vail Daily/Eagle County Historical)

          Above photo: Grace Nottingham  ----  (Courtesy/Eagle County Historical Society/Eagle Valley)

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