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By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
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Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — "The First National Bank Building"802 Grand Avenue
On March 15, 1887, excavation for a three-story brick and stone building began on lots at 802 Grand Avenue for the First National Bank building. At the time, The Glenwood Echo newspaper reported that the First National Bank offices would occupy the . . . — Map (db m120089) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light"
In 1888, through the ingenuity of developer and engineer Walter B. Devereux, the City of Glenwood Springs was provided with electric lights. Devereux had been a local leader for the development of hydroelectric power. By 1886, he . . . — Map (db m120543) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Building Interstate 70 Through Glenwood Canyon
From Vision to Reality Glenwood Canyon has been a critical link in the nation's ground transportation network ever since the completion of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1887. Later, Taylor State Road, a continuous wagon road between . . . — Map (db m120263) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood
In the 1930's, America was mired in a deep economic depression. As part of his New Deal program, President Franklin Roosevelt implemented government programs designed to create employment and to stabilize the national economy. One . . . — Map (db m120550) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Citizens National Bank Building1913
The Citizens National Bank Building stands as Glenwood Springs landmark. The Citizens Building and Improvement Company was founded in 1910. Construction of the Citizens National Bank Building began in January, 1913. The building was completed . . . — Map (db m120085) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College
"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" . . . — Map (db m120846) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers
World War II brought sweeping social changes to Glenwood Springs as tourism, its prime industry, declined. The Hotel Colorado, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and the Vapor Cave saw marked declines in patronage during these years. . . . — Map (db m120554) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Hotel Denver
In the late 1800's to the early 1900's, saloons, restaurants, and rooming houses occupied this block. In 1904, Frank Walter constructed two buildings - one three-story - in the block. Walter leased the ground floor of the three-story building (406 . . . — Map (db m120084) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Hughes-Anderson Building
The commercial building at 824-826 Grand Avenue was constructed in 1888. The brick building was initially occupied by a hardware store and an agricultural implement shop on the first floor, furnished rooms on the second floor, and a tin shop in the . . . — Map (db m120102) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — I.O.O.F. Building
Sovereign Grand Lodge of Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) working hard to establish their own permanent meeting place. After being in many different locations in the downtown, the began construction of their new lodge in 1898. The . . . — Map (db m120086) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Illuminating the Future
Expansion to Hydroelectric Devereux's dreams for Glenwood Springs' growth were so successful that the demands for his electrical power grew quickly. The years 1887 and 1888 saw the design and construction of the current building, the . . . — Map (db m120133) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — 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 . . . — Map (db m120548) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — McCoy-Armory Building
This current address has incorporated numbers 827 and 829 Grand Avenue. The earliest maps show buildings on this site since 1888, but the year 1913 has J.F. McCoy constructing his building. In 1917, the State of Colorado purchased the building for . . . — Map (db m120087) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Rex Hotel
This site - Lot 9 Block 45 - housed what in later years would be known as the Rex Hotel. Glenwood Springs founder Isaac Cooper first owned the property, but between 1887 to 1892, ownership changed hands several times. During this time, several small . . . — Map (db m120082) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Star Hotel
In 1906 Henry Bosco had a whole liquor and Coca-Cola bottling business operating in the basement of a saloon at 414 Seventh Street. Within a few years, Henry purchased the building that housed his business and the adjacent lot to the east. In 1915, . . . — Map (db m120083) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — The Glenwood Springs Hydroelectric Plant
The Vision The year was 1886. Walter Devereux, a wealthy silver mining venture capitalist from Aspen, turned his vision downvalley to Glenwood Springs to develop the next world class resort. The area's climate, rich land, rivers and free . . . — Map (db m120130) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — The Hotel Glenwood
The original building at this site was built in 1883 and was called the Hotel Colorado. It was quickly found too small for its needs and plans were made to replace it. In 1884, Isaac Cooper, William Gelder, and Joseph Enzensperger made plans . . . — Map (db m120095) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — Water for Glenwood Springs
The growing town of Glenwood Springs needed pure water, piped into homes and businesses, despite the effort and the cost. In February 1887, the Board of Trustees advertised statewide for construction bids to build a town water . . . — Map (db m120535) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon
A blinding snowstorm reduced Engineer Hartenberg's vision as he guided the D & RGW passenger train No. 1 through Glenwood Canyon. It was 11:30 the night of February 1, 1899, as the train passed Shoshone headed for Glenwood Springs. . . . — Map (db m120545) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Glenwood Springs — When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs
The Roaring Fork Valley's coal fields sparked a war of expansion between two railroads: the Denver and the Rio Grande Railroad and the Colorado Midland Railroad. In 1886 the Colorado Midland proposed building a line to Aspen. Knowing that . . . — Map (db m120532) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), New Castle — 4 — Barry Building — New Castle Museum on the Street
In 1893, this two-story building served as a general merchandise establishment. Daniel Barry operated his business here until 1897. Cohn, Doll & Co (later Doll Bros. and Smith) operated a dry goods and general merchandise store here, followed by the . . . — Map (db m120103) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), New Castle — 2 — Exchange Stables — New Castle Museum on the Street
In the early days of New Castle, horses were at the center of all activity. The building before you was where that activity happened. C.H. Noren & Son, who rented horses and rigs for hauling, operated the livery business. Later Levi Strauss and A . . . — Map (db m120105) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), New Castle — Jolley Trail
The Jolley Trail is named after a longtime New Castle family that ran sheep and lived on the land this trail traverses today. In 1919 the Jolley Brothers — Herb, Malcolm (Mack), Henry and Lee — who were some of the first sheepmen . . . — Map (db m120108) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), New Castle — New Castle Coal Mine Memorial
This memorial is placed in honor of the men who lost their lives in the coal mines of New Castle. Vulcan Mine - February 18, 1896 {List of names} Vulcan Mine - December 12, 1913 {List of names} Vulcan . . . — Map (db m120120) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), New Castle — 5 — Odd Fellows Hall
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows insignia still appears on the façade of this building, built in 1990. As with many early buildings, the ground floor was used for commercial purposes. Here the ground floor was occupied by a saloon, later by J.W. . . . — Map (db m120119) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), New Castle — 8 — St. John's Episcopal Church — New Castle Museum on the Street
St. John's is New Castle's oldest existing church. The cornerstone of the building was laid on November 2, 1908 and the first service was held on Easter Sunday, April 11, 1909. There has been very little change to the exterior of the building since . . . — Map (db m120107) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), No Name — A Grand Boulevard
In 1905, Colorado state senator Edward T. Taylor said, "I hope that someday our road will be a portion of a grand boulevard stretching across the nation." Taylor referred to the 12.5-mile gorge known as Glenwood Canyon. Today, the canyon road is the . . . — Map (db m120136) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), No Name — The California Zephyr
Glenwood Canyon inspired the finest hour in American rail travel. During World War II a railroad official rode through here in the cab of a diesel freight locomotive. The view from the panoramic windshield so impressed him that he began steps to rig . . . — Map (db m120140) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Parachute — The Robbery - The GetawayParachute Colorado
The Robbery On June 7, 1904, an outlaw named Harvey Logan attempted one of the west's last train robberies near here. Also known as Kid Curry, Logan was a member of Butch Cassidy's notorious "Hole in the Wall" gang. When the westbound . . . — Map (db m67922) HM
Colorado (Garfield County), Rifle — Rifle / The Rock That Burns / Colorado Wilderness / Rifle Country
Rifle During the U.S. Geological Survey of 1876, A.C. Peale wrote the word "rifle" on his map to mark the location of a misplaced firearm. The gun was never found, but the name stuck. Founded in 1882, Rifle attracted a steady flow of . . . — Map (db m120749) HM

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