Writer and historian Robin Griffee Hall says, “We learn so much from the past; that is why we must preserve it.”
While most of her career was spent in administrative duties for a wide variety of different companies, she says she particularly enjoyed the time working in the mining industry.
“I enjoyed being part of educating the public about minerals and facing the environmental challenges that came with the territory while working for Bond International Gold and Minorco USA.”
During her tenure in the mining field, she says, “It was during the time of the Summitville Disaster, when a Canadian company came in to mine, but then left without reclamation. A lot of money was spent trying to clean up someone else’s mess, right during the time when more money was being spent to reclaim land and being environmentally responsible.”
Hall worked both in the office and in the field, helping to give tours to governmental agencies.
An outcome of this work was her publication of a pamphlet, The Bullfrog District, a Second Boom, which highlighted the history of the Bullfrog Mines near Beatty, Nevada, owned by Bond Gold. The company published her research for public relations.
“I really enjoyed researching and including pictures of such things as the glass bottle house — one of the structures built during the mining boom days in the little town of Rhyolite,” she says.
“The name bullfrog was for the color of the ore of the original strike and it was a standing joke that one could strike ore as far as a bullfrog could jump. In fact, many people even had bullfrog ornaments for their homes.”
After her decade in the mining industry, Hall went to work for the next decade in the construction industry, where she used her writing skills to write proposals for general contractors and project designs. This work was followed by 5 years of work for a non-profit group named Qualistar, that rated and evaluated programs for early childhood learning.
Born in Kansas but raised primarily in the Denver area and Grand Junction, she says, “My family frequently traveled through Buena Vista, but we never stopped to actually spend time here. In the past few years when I decided I had enough of the Denver area, I remembered really liking this area, so decided to finally explore the possibilities of living here.
“I was ready to be done with the traffic, the volume of people, the constant competition for space in parking lots, lines in grocery stores, and the negative energy of city living. Buena Vista has been that reprieve. I love it here, and find such incredible people living here.”
Hall says that writing is her passion. “When I start researching something, I am so immersed in my work, that time just evaporates. It’s not work. It has its own fulfillment.”
She says future work includes a couple of biographies on the back burner and the desire to research the history of the hot springs during the time period when the Utes occupied the land.
She has created a new business, “Manuscripts and More,” that she develops as time permits.
“I’m interested in helping others write their personal stories and memoirs for their family members. I also edit work and enjoy new writing projects.”
She can be reached at 966-5274.