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King Coal tours in Huerfano County

HUERFANO- Coal has been, until relatively recently, the black lifeblood of Huerfano County.  This area was figuratively and literally built on coal.

    But economies and fuels changed, the mines closed, and what was once so central to so many people slipped away to just the memories of a few old-timers.

    This Saturday, people will have a chance to step back into County history, when the Bessemer Historical Society will present their fourth Annual Coal Camp Excursion, which this year will focus on Huerfano mine sites.

    Everything from simple holes in the ground to seeing the crumbling remains of the Ideal mine will be on the tour’s agenda.  Other sites include Pictou, Walsen, Rouse and Solar mines.

    The cost of the guided tour, which begins at 8 am, includes a companion tour book, lunch and a seat on the bus for $55 for society members, and $65 for non-members.  For more information, call 564-9086.  Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

    The Huerfano Winds will perform concerts of local ethnic music at the depot Saturday morning for the tour.