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118th Annual
Routt Co Pioneer Picnic
the former townsite of Mt Harris


Join us for the 118th Annual Pioneer Picnic which will be held exclusively down on the former townsite of Mt. Harris 5 miles east of Hayden off Hwy 40 (turn off at the Mt Harris Memorial site)

Join us for the 118th Annual Pioneer Picnic 

This year the Museum is honored to be able to hold the event down on the former townsite of Mt Harris thanks to the generosity of the property owners!

The picnic will be buffet style. We will provide the main dish and beverages.

Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share- with a recipe card to place with your item and a utensil for serving. 

 The event will take place under two large tents. Dress appropriately for the weather. Flip flops are discouraged especially for the walking tour- comfortable shoes are best as the ground is uneven. Gates will open at 10 am. Please NO pets.  Participants are asked to stay in the event area except for the walking tour and to watch for snakes.

Other important info:


There will be two portojohns onsite and a handwashing station.


Parking will be limited so we encourage families to carpool. There will be parking at the Memorial down along the driveway to the gates. Handicap parking will be through the gates. There will be parking attendants to help with managing parking

Any questions call the Hayden Museum at 970-276-4380 or email at

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Event Itinerary

10-11 am

Meet and greet.

Once parked guests must sign in at the greeting station and sign a waiver (photos/recording/ liability). Drop off your dish with a volunteer.

See old friends and make some new ones!

11-12 pm


Buffet style

12-12:20 pm


Learn about the history of Mt Harris

12:30- 1 pm

Walking tour with mine safety expert Ed Koucherick-

see some of the remains of the town and the mine works

or if you prefer

hang around the tents and check out the exhibit tables! 

There will be a table with items from Mt Harris

Also this event will be kicking off an Inventory project with Historic Routt County - where we are asking former residents or anyone with knowledge of the former Mt Harris homes that were sold at auction in 1958. We will have large photos with houses labeled for identification. We are asking if people can identify who lived in the home, and when- and if they know where that particular house went after the auction in 1958.

On the flip side if you know of a former Mt Harris house and where it is located presently please let us know!

The Museum will also be collecting contact information for a Mt Harris oral interview project

1-2 pm

Memory Lane 

-Open discussion-

- Share your stories of Mt Harris with the group! Did you live there? Did you know someone who did? Share stories lived or heard about....

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