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Elkhead School and its teacherage — or residence for teachers, pictured here, served the pioneer town of Elkhead north of Hayden. Both buildings are undergoing restorations, said Janet Gerber, Museum of Northwest Colorado assistant director. The site was home to pioneer school teachers Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, who ventured west in the early 1900s.

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Book signing with granddaughter of area pioneer school teacher slated for Sunday

Two young women step from a train in Hayden, the second-to-last stop on the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway. The date is July 27, 1916, and these women of refinement are far from home. Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood were educated at one of the first women’s colleges, and they have tasted the finer hints of Europe, Woodruff’s granddaughter, Dorothy Wickenden, would write nearly a century later. Yet, this trip isn’t merely sightseeing excursion or a detour on the way to a gilded future in the East. The women are leaving that life behind for a new one in the West.

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