"NINE MONTHS OF WINTER, AND THREE MONTHS OF BAD SLEDDING"
In the summer of 1970, a group of hippies from Minneapolis, Minnesota, moved onto a 10 acre patented mining claim just about where the last "e" in Slaughterhouse is on this topo map. They camped out in the " Big Meadow " and built the " Main Cabin "....... They didn't build it very fast, cause Al Jensen had a big block of hash he had smuggled back from India. And after the Morning Chilum, everyone would wonder off for awhile. But they had more than enough people, and after long glorious summer it was more or less "tight".
I happened to meet all these folks, because I had made my way to another commune that had started up that same summer. In fact that part of Colorado was blooming hippies that summer, there was another big summer commune just over those mountains to the northeast of Slaughterhouse Creek at a place called Sliver Creek. That one was a project of the Denver Free University, and they were all in teepees and domes for that summer. But by far the sweetest one was the one at The Mineral Hot Springs, Colorado, and that's where I ended up that summer, plus most of the next year too.
We had a bath house, a swimming pool, a motel & cafe, gas station, and a big ole' water tank on a two story tower. That was all on three hundred and sixty acres with some of the hottest mineral water you'll ever try to sit in. Most of the folks at our place were from California, a real bunch of granola crunchers.
But back to Slaughterhouse Creek ..... and the whole point of this post. My old friend Jose' just sent me his copy of the invitation to the 20th Reunion at Slaughterhouse Creek, and I reprint it in all it's glory.