Museum of Northwest Colorado: Museum needs help identifying rafting photos

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The Museum of Northwest Colorado recently received a collection of photographs taken by Dr. Elmer Monahan in the mid-20th century.

Monahan, who served for more than 30 years as a general practitioner for our area, was an avid amateur photographer, when not busy attending to local residents’ medical needs. In addition to his photography, Monahan also was involved in various community activities and associations.

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Dr. Elmer Monahan took this photo of a raft trip on the Green River in the 1960s. The group included the Moffat County Sheriff Posse as well as others. The staff at the Museum of Northwest Colorado would love to have help in identifying the numerous photographs from this trip.

For a number of years, he was a member of the Moffat County Sheriff Posse, and among the photographs that came with Monahan’s collection were a large number of photos showing a rafting trip made by the posse on the Green River through Gates of Ladore. These images show not only the inspiring beauty of that rugged region, but also include many photos of local residents who took part in that rafting trip.

The museum staff would appreciate it if any of the men who were on that 1960s rafting trip could look at the photographs and help identify some of the participants, as well as share any reminiscences of that trip. The museum also has additional photos from other years of rafting trips in which Monahan participated. Any help in identifying the people in these photos would be very much appreciated.

The museum appreciates all the images, which so many people have shared with us in the past. We are always happy to scan the original photographs and then return the originals to you. We always give credit to the photographer, when known, and to the donor whenever we use that image.

If you have any photographs that you think might be useful to documenting our history, please call the museum at 970-824-6360.

Mary Pat Dunn is the registrar for the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

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