Victor in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Lowell Thomasís Victor
Tomkins Hardware/Victor Museum
In 1900, the Victor museum building was the Tompkins [sic] Hardware Store, part of the Reynolds Block.
At one time the offices upstairs served as the Mining Exchange. In later years it became the Hackley Store and Hotel.
Victorís most famous former resident, Lowell Thomas, became an internationally renowned radio news broadcaster, author, and film producer. The Thomas family moved to Victor in 1900 when Lowell was 8 years old. He graduated from Victor High School, got his start in journalism as editor of the Victor Daily Record, and later worked for newspapers in Denver and Chicago. His first book, With Lawrence in Arabia, was followed by more than 30 others.
Lowell Thomas was most famous for a 46-year career in radio broadcasting spanning 1930 to 1976. The world-wide audience for his 15-minute nightly news and commentary was larger than the combined audience of the NBC, CBS and ABC TV news anchors today. Thomas modestly attributed his success to his convenient time slot, just before the Amosín Andy Show. Folks from Victor attribute at least some of Lowellís success to roots in the Worldís Greatest Gold Camp. Lowell also recognized this influence and throughout his career returned to Victor frequently to visit old friends and chronicle
Beginning in 1932, Thomas also became the narrator for Fox-Movietone newsreels that were shown in theaters. His Cinerama Productions Company made movies seen around the world, and he starred in a 1950ís television series called High Adventure with Lowell Thomas.
President Gerald Ford presented Lowell the Medal of Freedom Award on January 6. 1976. A few months later, in Victor, Thomas announced his last broadcast would be on May 14th of that year. Lowell visited Victor for the last time in August of 1981. Three weeks later, he died at his estate in Pawling, New York.
The museum was started in 1961 as the Victor Museum. It began showcasing memorabilia from the illustrious career of Lowell Thomas in 1981. Displays highlighting the mining heritage of Victor and the Worldís Greatest Gold Camp can also be found throughout the building. To the rear of the building, outside, is an exhibit of mining machinery.
Erected by The Gold Belt Tour.
Location. 38° 42.601′ N, 105° 8.413′ W. Marker is in Victor, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker is at the intersection of South 3rd Street and Victor Avenue on South 3rd Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 South 3rd Street, Victor CO 80860, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. North 3rd Street (a few steps from this marker); The Bawdy Side of Town (a few steps from this marker); Fire! (within shouting distance of this marker); East Victor Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); North 4th Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Labor Wars (about 300 feet away); Welcome to Victor Colorado (about 600 feet away); Victor City Hall (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Victor.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photograph of "Lowell Thomas in Victor, August of 1981". Photos courtesy Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, ZStudios
Regarding Lowell Thomasís Victor. Building was Arapaho Food Store prior to the Museum being established.
Also see . . .
1. Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. The Gold Belt Tour. The Gold Belt Tour is a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway and a National Scenic Byway. (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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