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

David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College

 
 
David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College Marker
Inscription.  
"It all started with an empty file folder," recalled David Delaplane. In 1962, Delaplane was settling in to his new office as manager of the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce.

He came across a folder titled "Education Committee" that had nothing in it, except for some names. He thought to himself, "There really ought to be a college here." He contacted the people listed and resurrected the committee.

A property valuation of $60 million was required by the state of Colorado to set up a junior college taxing district. It took five counties to meet that requirement: Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Lake and Summit.

The plan had to go to the voters. So the committee had to promote it. "Night after night for a year," Delaplane explained, "we traveled miles to meet with every service group in every community to show everyone how important it was to have a junior college."

Their late nights paid off. In November 1965, by a margin of more than 2 to 1, voters in the five counties approved the formation of the junior college district that would become home to Colorado Mountain
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College. Delaplane was elected to the first Governing Committee of the college in January 1966.

The college opened in 1967 after simultaneously building two original campuses: at Spring Valley south of Glenwood and in Leadville. Today, Colorado Mountain College serves over 20,000 students per year in 11 locations, and offers bachelor's degrees.

There really ought to be a college here. David Delaplane

Photo captions:
Left: In 1965, voters approved the new college district by a 2 to 1 margin. Governing Committee member Harold Koonce of Eagle proposed the name "Colorado Mountain College."
Right: David Delaplane had the vision to bring a college to the mountains of Western Colorado.

 
Erected 2012 by Frontier Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1966.
 
Location. 39° 32.796′ N, 107° 19.476′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 8th Street. 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
David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College Marker is first one from right. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
2. David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College Marker is first one from right.
distance of this marker. Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (here, next to this marker); "The First National Bank Building" (here, next to this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (here, next to this marker); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (a few steps from this marker); When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (a few steps from this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (a few steps from this marker); Water for Glenwood Springs (a few steps from this marker); When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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