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  • 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 »

  • Feb 26, 2014

    Shop Locally!

    On May 12, 1939, the Eagle Valley Enterprise published an article thanking local firms that helped build Eagle County.  After ten years of Depression economics, businesses were hard-pressed to stay open.     Read More »

  • Jan 27, 2014

    WWBD? [What would Ben do? BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Postmaster General, July 26, 1775, to November 1776]

    Well, let’s see.  It now costs 49 cents to mail a letter and 34 cents to mail a postcard and I’m not convinced that most of what I have to say is worth 49 cents to mail. “In addition to first-class mail, the higher rates will apply to magazines, newspapers, advertising mail and bills, which together account for most of the 158 billion pieces of mail delivered every year.”  --Lisa Rein, Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2014 This, of course, leads me to thoughts of Eagle County mailings in the past....    Read More »

  • Jan 17, 2014

    Primary Source Materials! Yes!

    An exciting topic that never gets boring is primary sources, first-hand testimony or evidence created by witnesses or recorders, regardless of format.  For our purposes here in local history, we rely on manuscript accounts of family life in Eagle County, photographs, government documents, and oral histories to document the historical record. Very happily, I used some of these primary sources to track the L. M. Larson family in their move from Douglas County, Colorado, to Peachblow, eight miles...    Read More »

  • Dec 31, 2013

    2013 in review

    The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.  Thank you, helper monkeys and Happy 2014!  Jaci Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.    Read More »

  • Dec 26, 2013

    2013 to 1913

    With 2013 almost done, it’s good to look back before we look forward to a new year.  Let’s look way back, to 1913. Eagle Valley Enterprise Dec. 19, 1913    Read More »


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