Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

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Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

Organizers look to keep historical gathering places relevant for new generation
Betty Seibel, a longtime member of the Mt. Allison Grange, walks into the building that has been the main gathering place for the town near Ignacio.
Events, such as a holiday bazaars, are held throughout the year at the Mt. Allison Grange in southeastern La Plata County.

Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

Betty Seibel, a longtime member of the Mt. Allison Grange, walks into the building that has been the main gathering place for the town near Ignacio.
Events, such as a holiday bazaars, are held throughout the year at the Mt. Allison Grange in southeastern La Plata County.

Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

Sharon Nossaman carries food and items out of the kitchen of Mt. Allison Grange in southeastern La Plata County as Vickie Sutton-Gallegos looks on. The grange hall can be rented out for events.

Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

The Marvel Grange in southwestern La Plata County hosts potlucks and chili cook-offs. More recently, members have weighed in on legislative matters related to rural issues.

Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

The Florida Grange, south of Elmore’s Corner on Colorado Highway 172, used to have 100 active members. It now has about 40 members.

Granges in La Plata County experience a revival

The Animas Valley Grange on County Road 203 north of Durango hosts a monthly Speaker Series that has renewed interest and participation.
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