Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Immigrants Found Future in Colorado
Beginning in the 1870's Italians came in great numbers to Colorado. The Roaring Fork Valley's Italian immigrants performed the hard, dirty work wanted by no one else. Most were coal miners who worked the mines at Sunlight, Spring Gulch and Marion. Although initially few in number, they were joined by others who heard of the mines' employment opportunities.
John Amicarella envisioned a better life for himself. He left his native Italy and wife in 1895 to immigrate to New York City. Although John found work there, friends told him of employment to be found in a coal camp named Sunlight in the state of Colorado. It was at Sunlight that John found a future for his family.
After 10 years toiling in the mines, several trips back to Italy, and pleading, John Amicarella convinced his wife Mary to come to the United States. In 1905 she passed through Ellis Island with children Adeline, George, Lawrence and Tony in tow. The Amicarella family eventually grew to ten children. In time, their descendants set aside coal mining for less dangerous professions.
The Amicarellas and many other Italian immigrants contributed greatly to the prosperity of this region, going on to become ranchers, bankers, business owners, builders, physicians and more.
An ideal culture is one
Photo caption: In the 1890's, John Amicarella came to Sunlight, southwest of Glenwood Springs. His wife, Mary, followed in 1905. The couple raised their family at Sunlight.
Erected 2012 by Frontier Historical Society.
Location. 39° 32.796′ N, 107° 19.468′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is on 8th Street east of Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (here, next to this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (here, next to this marker); Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (a few steps from this marker); "The First National Bank Building" (a few steps from this marker); Water for Glenwood Springs (a few steps from this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (a few steps from this marker); When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.