“We want to be sure everyone in every part of and every town in the Uncompahgre Valley feels welcome, feels they are part of The Gunnison Tunnel Celebration,” Catlin said. “We hope to see neighbors and friends from all the towns and communities served by the tunnel here Friday evening.”
Celebration History Committee members Dona Freeman and Elaine Hale Jones continue to add displays to the tunnel museum collection. Thanks to the generosity of local and regional families, the museum features rare photographs displayed for the first time in a public setting. Displays centering on the communities of Delta and Olathe are included and expanded as the public continues to bring in documents, photos and artifacts related to the 1909 celebration.
“Come on out and visit with us Friday evening,” Catlin said. “We think people will be impressed with the work we’ve accomplished so far in organizing the celebration. We hope our guests will be inspired while having a good time.”
The Sept. 26 Gunnison Tunnel Celebration will feature a parade followed by a day full of activities free of charge. The Water Users Association urges Montrose, Olathe, and Delta groups, organizations, and businesses to promote their services and causes through event sponsorship or by participating in the parade and fair. Contact The Gunnison Tunnel Celebration Headquarters and Museum at 970/252-1239.