New CD offers listeners sounds of past

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A CD is now available that chronicles more than 200 years of Northwest Colorado and Moffat County history.

Copies of "The Real West, a Chapter in Time" cost $15. The CD, which has a running time of 60 minutes and features 12 tracks, is an oral history that tells the tales of the people who helped shape the area.

Those stories include tales of the area's Native Americans, an encampment of laborers working on public projects shortly after the Wall Street crash of 1929, and a legend about Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and a gang of their fellow outlaws.

Three hundred copies were produced and are available at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. Proceeds from CD sales will go to the museum.

"(People) better get their copies quick," said Janet Gerber, assistant museum director. "They're going to go fast. It was a project that was done with the best interests of the museum in mind. It's very much appreciated."

Craig residents John and Mary Lou Allen were instrumental in the CD's production. They approached the museum in 2004 about the project.

Mary Lou researched, wrote and produced the material and her husband, John, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered the audio.

"It has history," Mary Lou Allen said. "It's entertaining. It's something good to listen to on a road trip."

Mary Lou said the idea of the CD came to her while traveling. She thought the recording would provide Moffat County residents and newcomers alike with insight into the area's history.

Tracks are arranged chronologically.

"What I tried to do was go back as far as possible and then work my way though in sequence," Mary Lou said.

Lending their voices to the CD are Craig residents Tony St. John, Bill Rippy, Lou Wyman and John and Doris Zimmerman. Kate Duval, a former city resident, also contributed.

Money from CD sales have not been earmarked for any specific area, Gerber said. The money will be used for operations at the museum, she said.

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