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After 10 years of searching, Sue Gray finally rediscovered the Red McClure potato, named after its creator, Carbondale settler and grower Thomas McClure. Red McClure seedlings were rediscovered before at Colorado State University’s San Luis Valley Research Center and returned to the Valley around 2010, according to Gray, but were lost yet again. So, Gray was enthralled to recently receive an invitation from Ziska Childs to help harvest her crop of Red McClures on Missouri Heights. Childs has been growing the strain for the past 10 years. She gave Gray some seedlings which will be planted at the heritage gardens outside of the history cabin on Weant Boulevard and Hattie’s Kitchen Garden at the Thompson House, bringing them home once again. Courtesy photo