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Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Immigrants Found Future in Colorado

 
 
Immigrants Found Future in Colorado Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. Immigrants Found Future in Colorado Marker
Inscription.  
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
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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 that makes a place for every human gift.Margaret Mead

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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
 
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. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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"
Immigrants Found Future in Colorado Marker is sixth from right. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
2. Immigrants Found Future in Colorado Marker is sixth from right.
(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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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