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  • Oct 03, 2016

    Nimon-Walker Award Event Honored at Governor's Awards

    Since 2001, the library has partnered with the Eagle County Historical Society to recognize individuals whose work has helped preserve the history of Eagle County through the Nimon-Walker Award.   When I took over our Local History department, I remember thinking, How can the library give such a specific award every year? There’s really someone in the area every single year that has done something amazing for local history? Wait, that many people are interested in local history? The answer...    Read More »

  • Sep 01, 2016

    The CCC Boys in Eagle County

    It’s 1934. You’re about to turn 18 in the middle of the Great Depression—what sort of luck is that? No job, no prospects, trying to help your parents feed the family any way you can. One day, you’re using your last ration stamp for sugar and you see a sign: the United States government has created a work program and it pays $1 a day. Food, water, shelter, even clothing. Did I mention it pays $1 a day? It’s hard, manual labor, but at least you’ll be outdoors. You ask yourself: Where do I sign...    Read More »

  • John Comer and Water Wheel
    Apr 25, 2016

    2016 Nimon-Walker Award @ the Avon Public Library

    2016 Nimon-Walker Award: Recognizing individuals and families who help preserve the history of Eagle County since 2001. In 1969, John Comer purchased the Water Wheel Ranch. The ranch is home to the Brooks-Dixon waterwheel, originally constructed in the early 1920’s to irrigate pastures. Thanks to Comer’s special attention to detail and unending local appreciation and support, this piece of Eagle County history has been restored not once, but three times, to its original specifi...    Read More »

  • Aspen to Vail road sign picture
    May 14, 2015

    A Great Sign

    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].    Read More »

  • ”Clarence, son of A. S. & __ Johnson, May 20, 1892–July 24, 1892
    May 01, 2015

    Insurance (No Gecko)

    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.    Read More »

  • Nicholas Buchholz Funeral, August 8, 1911.
    Apr 22, 2015

    That's Right, You're Wrong

    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...    Read More »

  • Lion's Head rock fall
    Apr 03, 2015

    Falling Castles

    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.  Thanks to the sharp eyes of John Jodire of Gypsum, it was brought to Kathy Heicher’s attention that Castle Peak has changed.         Here is Castle Peak on November 19, 2009:    Read More »

  • Part of the first Gilman water line; 3200 feet long, laid by John Cleator in 1884 picture
    Jan 27, 2015

    Pay your Water Bill

    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.”    Read More »

  • Jan 09, 2015

    1915, a New Year!

    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.    Read More »

  • Dec 23, 2014


    On February 4, 2011, I posted a blog about “The Red Book,” a history of Eagle County written by school children in the 1940s.    Read More »


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