History lives at GEM


Erik Gantt

Annett Freeman spins yarn on a Louet wheel made in Holland at GEM's living history day.

LuDel Deal has both a passion for printing and a family connection to the North Platte Valley.

Her great-grandfather was Robert Deal, one of the original owners of the Rudefeha mine, The Rudefeha was just west of the town of Battle, which was about 16 miles west of Encampment.

LuDel has been coming up from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Encampment most weekends this summer and restoring the platen press that is housed in the old Battle Miner newspaper building at the Grand Encampment Museum (GEM).

Deal spent part of her career working at the Casper-Star Tribune, and even fell in love with h...

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