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  • 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

    Serendipity

    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 WordPress.com 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 »

  • Nov 26, 2013

    Thankful, We Are

    It’s the season to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for what comes to us.  Eagle County, largely agricultural until the past few decades, has always known how to throw a good dinner.  The Home Demonstration Club of Brush Creek put together the Eagle County Cook Book in the late 1930s with some fascinating recipes contributed by women with very familiar names in Eagle County.  As we enjoy our celebrations this week, let’s remember some of these women.     Read More »

  • Nov 08, 2013

    Veterans' Day 2013

    Veterans’ Day 2013 World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded...    Read More »

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