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Dear Editor:On behalf of the Aspen Historical Society-Holden Marolt Museum of Mining and Ranching, I would like to thank the city of Aspen Parks Department, the Aspen Board of Realtors and the Friends of Marolt for their participation with the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers on the Marolt Interpretive Trail Project last Saturday. The volunteers started early in the morning and ended the day with a dinner in the evening. It was a fun-packed day with people of all ages working their hearts out. Two groups were formed: One to do the trail work and the other to cut brush and clutter from the former Holden Lixiviation Mill site now called the “Ruins.”In the early 1990s, Les Holst started cleaning this huge wilderness-like area with the hope that someday people could appreciate our past history and experience nature right in Aspen.The Parks Department will install picnic tables and interpretive signs telling the story of the past. The most moving moment of the day occurred when the volunteers uncovered the foundation of the pelton water-wheel building, covered with 100 years of brush and trees.The volunteers cannot be thanked enough for their blisters and cramps, but mostly for their love of Aspen.Carl Bergman, chairmanHolden Marolt Museumof Mining and Ranching


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