PBS to air documentary on Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Rocky Mountain PBS has turned its high-definition eye toward Glenwood Springs, in a new documentary set to premiere July 12 across the state.The 30-minute program, “Glenwood Springs,” will shine the spotlight on all the things that make Glenwood unique: the canyon, the hot springs, the caverns and more.Cindy Hines, director of the Frontier Historical Museum, says she was happily surprised that PBS wanted to focus on Glenwood.”We have a lot of interesting history,” Hines says. “I would think it would make for a very interesting documentary.”Hines says the Frontier Historical Museum worked with PBS by contributing historical photographs.”Glenwood Springs” will look at the history of the town, its tourism industry, and the importance of water in the area’s development.Hines says tourism is and has been the mainstay of Glenwood’s economy, so it’s nice that the documentary will focus on it.Kjell Mitchell, chief operating officer and general manager of the Hot Springs Pool, says the PBS crew spent days at the pool filming and finding out “what makes the Hot Springs Pool tick.””We’re honored to be included,” says Mitchell. “I think it bodes well for everyone in Glenwood who participates in tourism.”Water is such an important facet of Glenwood that even the town’s new mantra is “Soak it all in.””We’re really lucky to be at the confluence of two very important rivers, and that was obviously a reason that people settled here,” Hines says. From a historical perspective, Hines says that water also has presented many challenges to the town, with hard to cross rivers and flooding. This can be seen most recently in the damage done to the Shoshone hydroelectric plant, which Hines predicted may not recover.But with the good and the bad, water has been a lasting member of the Glenwood Springs community. Today’s tourism is expanding on that with rafting, hunting and fishing, Hines says.The PBS documentary “Glenwood Springs” airs at 9:30 p.m. July 12 in high definition on Rocky Mountain PBS.”It’s showing people that Glenwood is a great place to come and visit,” Hines says. “And we have a lot to do.”
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