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Year in Review

In case you've been living under a rock... 

2016 rocked for local history! 

It was a banner year for our not-so-little archive and we're taking one more chance to remind ourselves--and thank our patrons-- for all the amazing work we've done this year. Here are my top 5 highlights: 


Early Days on the Eagle

It is fortunate for me that Early Days on the Eagle, prepared and published by MacDonald Knight and Leonard Hammock, 1965, was written.  Based on extensive research done by MacDonald Knight as foundation for his master’s thesis, Early Days documents the history of Eagle County from before 1879 to the mid-20th century.  I have answered many reference questions using this resource and have been fortunate to learn a little about the man who did the research. Knight1

Ledgerdemain—no flimflam except for spelling

Since we’ve entered April, Happy Tax Month!  I know you’ve been asking yourself what happens to old government records.  Governments at every level…municipal, county, state, federal…are great record generators.  While they are being used, records are organized and stored for retrieval.  At some point, each record is evaluated to determine how long it needs to be kept. This record retention schedule determines the lifespan of a record…whether it will be kept indefinitely or whether it will eventually be destroyed.  For the federal government, the National Archives only keeps permanently 1-3% of all records . This same process happens at the County level and Eagle County has similar record retention schedules. Records1

Revolutions Redux

Electricity came late to rural Eagle County.  By 1928, the town of Eagle had an established grid.  Many less populated areas relied on generators, mostly gasoline driven.  Avon, with a population spread over many ranched miles, was without commercial electricity in 1928 but it did have the Eagle River.  Emmett and Myrtle Nottingham decided that they would use the fast-flowing river to produce electricity.