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The second annual Wet Mountain Western Pilgrimage will take place this week, and residents and visitors alike are invited to learn more about the fascinating history of the Wet Mountain Valley by visiting historic sites and attractions related to the Valley’s Ute Indian culture and its ranching, mining and railroad legacies.
This year’s four-day event kicks off in fine fashion this evening, Thursday, Sept. 14, with a Hoedown at the All Aboard Westcliffe complex in downtown Westcliffe.
The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free of charge.
There will be live music by nationally acclaimed musicians Ron Thomason and Heidi Clare, and by noted Western troubadour R.L. Hayden.
Also on hand will be Teddy Roosevelt, aka Don Moon, who’s making his second appearance at the Pilgrimage.
The Custer County Chamber of Commerce will be selling beer, wine and other beverages, and attendees will be able to purchase beef, brats and sides from Elevation Meat Market.
Additionally, hot dogs will be served free of charge to all kids ages 12 and under. Also, members of the local Amish community will have a variety of desserts, and free cowboy coffee will be served from a historic chuckwagon.
Then on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, several local ranches, museums and other sites will open their doors to visitors. (Details can be found elsewhere in this week’s Tribune; please note that times and venues are subject to change.)
Among the highlights:
–All Aboard Westcliffe will be the headquarters for the Pilgrimage, and attendees will be able to purchase one-day or weekend wristbands. Details and maps about the various venues will be available, and tours will be offered of the historic engine house and the D&RG depot, which is currently undergoing restoration.
–The sprawling Bear Basin Ranch east of Westcliffe was a seasonal home to the Ute Tribe, and on the ranch are numerous relics from that era, including various landmarks, spiritual and medicinal trees, and other…

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