Sharon Hunt signs copies of her new book
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 14
The Vail Connection, 13105 E. Colossal Cave Road, Vail
It's impossible for anyone who has lived in or worked in Vail during the last few years to miss the fact that the area is rapidly changing. That's why Sharon Hunt, the librarian and archivist at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, decided to preserve some of the area's history in her new book, Vail and Colossal Cave Mountain Park.
"It was frustrating to me," said Hunt, who has been working at the park for five years. "We have so many resources out there (at the library and archives), and not many people are using them."
She decided a book featuring these resources would be a great way to both preserve them and to make them more accessible to people who can't make it all the way out to the park, but who are still interested in the information.
The book, which was released earlier this year by Arcadia Publishing, is made up mostly of photos taken of families, ranchers and those who worked in the area during the early part of the last century. It also highlights Colossal Cave Camp, which is where thousands of men worked over the years excavating Colossal Cave into the tourist attraction it is now.
When folks whose families have been in the Vail area for years heard that Hunt was working on a book, many of them donated photos to her collection.
"Some of the people in the book are still around," Hunt said. "... Vail is changing so quickly, I thought a book was a good way to preserve the history before it doesn't exist anymore."
Hunt will be signing copies of her book at the Vail Connection on Saturday, July 14. For more information, contact the Vail Connection at 762-0000. --T.M.