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Welcome to Eagle County Local History

December 22, 2009

Welcome to the Eagle County Local History blog: You Can’t Use it if You Don’t Preserve It!  I will be sharing interesting bits of Eagle County history for your edification and enjoyment.  Sign up, stay tuned!

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Local History

May 27, 2015

Local History involves time and place and relationships. The relationships I have made during the 9+ years devoted to Eagle County History have made this job the best I’ve ever had.  As I wander off to new endeavors, I am leaving EVLD’s Local History Department in new, capable hands. Thanks to everyone who has participated by commenting on this Blog.  And don’t forget to caption your photographs.

Below you see the Eagle Valley Library Staff at a recent meeting. Or it’s a locomotive at the Minturn station. Take your pick.

The EVLD staff on a happy outing...I will miss them all.

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A Great Sign

May 14, 2015

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Some signs just make you happy. This particular sign is at the Costco turnoff [local directions] on Highway 6 between Gypsum and Eagle, also the road to the Eagle County Airport.  Yes, it’s in Gypsum.  And, yes, it is directing traffic to Vail [go right] or Aspen [go left].

Quite humorous, actually, in that there are quite a few miles between Gypsum and either place. There are also quite a few Colorado towns in between Gypsum and either place.  For tourists, it’s probably all the direction needed.  We will hope they will stop at some of our other great Colorado towns while they’re in the area.

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Insurance [no Geckos]

May 1, 2015

The Woodmen of the World was founded in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 6, 1890. It was open to white males ages 18 to 45, excluding men in dangerous employment [e.g. gunpowder factory workers]. As an insurance organization, its membership costs were minor and each member was guaranteed a tombstone. In 1899, the tree stump was adopted for the official tombstone to represent equality. These “treestone” memorials were made locally, most often a concrete stump.

”Clarence, son of A. S. & __ Johnson, May 20, 1892--July 24, 1892, Rest, Sweetly Rest,” Greenwood Cemetery. A lamb is sculpted on the top of the marker along with a Woodmen of the World stump.

”Clarence, son of A. S. & __ Johnson, May 20, 1892–July 24, 1892, Rest, Sweetly Rest,” Greenwood Cemetery. A lamb is sculpted on the top of the marker along with a Woodmen of the World stump.

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“That’s Right, You’re Wrong”

April 22, 2015

We’ve talked about the movie projector in Red Cliff and the filming of movies in Glenwood Canyon. How nice to find information about the Eagle Theater.

Lloyd Greve sent his “Recollections of the Eagle Theatre Building” [RAREdr 725.823 G8371] to Mary Ann Wilson in 1981.  He immediately mentions the address of the theater as being 241 Broadway.  While the original building is no longer in existence [the new Brush Creek Saloon is at that site], we do have a photo of the building as the backdrop to Nicholas Buchholz’ funeral in 1911.

Nicholas Buchholz funeral August 8, 1911

Nicholas Buchholz funeral August 8, 1911

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Falling Castles

March 24, 2015

“Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.”  — Jimi Hendrix

This eventuality was evident when part of Lionhead Rock fell in Minturn last year.  Those landmarks that we use to place ourselves in our environment can also change.

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Pay your Water Bill

January 27, 2015

I got to know John “Jack” Cleator at the Red Cliff Museum, one of my favorite places.    This was strictly by accident in that I was examining a cased piece of wooden pipe with the following caption:  “Part of the first Gilman water line; 3200 feet long, laid by John Cleator in 1884.  It supplied Gilman with Rock Creek water for 29 years until the new line was laid in 1915.”

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1915, a New Year!

December 29, 2014

The end of any year gives us pause to think back over recent events.  Even Facebook encourages us to reminisce.  Thinking back 100 years, we find that the January 1 issue of the Eagle Valley Enterprise gives us an interesting picture of life in Eagle County in 1915.

Although it would be two years before the United States entered World War I, the war news found a place on the front page:  “A German aeroplane was sighted Friday in London. It was flying very high from east to west over Sheerness.  British air craft went up in pursuit and engaged the enemy, who, after being hit three or four times, was driven off seaward.”

Later in May 1915, the war became “total war” with the German Zeppelin air raids on England.

Hackney Bombing 1915

Hackney Bombing 1915

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