Much of Eagle's 105-year history can be charted by the buildings that have weathered a century of community changes.
And that's exactly the story the Eagle County Historical Society wants residents and visitors to learn through the new Honoring Historic Eagle program.
"The Eagle County Historical Society will make local history more available to the public through this project," said ECHS Vice President John Bronn, who is chairing the Honoring Historic Eagle project. "We will place signs noting the historic aspects of various sites and buildings. To make these historic features more readily accessible, we will also provide larger, more general signs to direct visitors to the historic locations."
Through the work of a special committee, Honoring Historic Eagle has combed through Eagle's historic building archives to determine structures and sites that will be highlighted by the program. Committee members considered historical significance, current appearance, location and accessibility factors in culling the list down to a manageable size. When the list of properties is finalized, signs will eventually be installed to detail a building's historic uses, with vintage photographs included.
Just which buildings will be included? The Honoring Historic Eagle project is planning a big reveal this summer and some of the fun includes presenting clues for local residents to guess what buildings are slated for recognition.
According to Bronn, Eagle does have a rich photo archives for many of its historically significant buildings, which will be tapped as the project designs the building signs. However, there is a need for photos of several community landmarks.
"We are still looking for photos of the Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast building at 409 Washington St. and the telephone exchange building at 229 Broadway," said Bronn. "We don't have any good photos of either of these buildings and would love to have one surface. We are also very interested in historic buildings of the old Eagle Town Hall at 108 West Second St."
Anyone who has photographs of historic Eagle buildings is urged to share his or her collection with the Eagle County Historical Society and the Eagle Valley Library District. Photos can be scanned by computer and returned to their owners. For more information about sharing photos, contact the Eagle Valley Library District at 970-328-8800 or email Bronn directly at email@example.com.