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Time Machine: A look back at past decades in the Vail Valley

A boys foot race is contested as part of the July 4, 1919 celebration at Red Cliff.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of June 30, 2016

The town of Gypsum was set to host downvalley July Fourth festivities. The town’s planned celebration included live music at the Lundgren Theater, free hot dogs served by members of the Gypsum and Eagle town boards and a fireworks display launched from the Gypsum Sports Complex parking area.

According to the latest economic report from the Vail Valley Partnership, conditions in Gypsum were on the rise. The report noted that sales tax revenues were climbing in the community and that residential and commercial construction starts were increasing.

The Rocky Mountain Sports Riders group sponsored a clean up day along Trail Gulch Road. The volunteers picked up enough refuse to fill a large dumpster.

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5 years ago

Week of June 28, 2012

The Eagle County Commissioners considered a $3 million expansion proposal for the Eagle River Center.

The Eagle River Watershed Council, in conjunction with Colorado State University, launched a two-year study of the Colorado River through Eagle County.

Maggie Maloney opened Magpies Pie Shop in Eagle.

10 years ago

Week of June 28, 2007

The new Eagle Ranch Fitness center opened.

Kids enrolled in the Porchlight Players Summer Theater Camp presented “Honk Jr.,” a musical version of The Ugly Duckling story.

The Eagle Valley Seniors’ float won first place in the Eagle Flight Days parade.

The winners of the Flight Days Scavenger Hunt were Mitch Hayne, Steve Smith, Dustin Cooper, Wyatt Smith, Emily Thomas, Melanie Cooper and Wendy Boomhower.

20 years ago

Week of June 26, 1997

Railroad buffs lined the train tracks in Eagle to catch a rare glimpse of a working steam train. The Central Coast Railway Club sponsored a special excursion that started in Denver and then took riders to Canyon City, through the Arkansas Valley, across Tennessee Pass, through the Eagle Valley and on to Grand Junction. The steam engine pulling the train, Locomotive 844, was built by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1944.

Tiffany Burton and her horse T.J. won the barrel racing event and placed second overall in pole bending at the Colorado High School Rodeo Championships in Greeley.

Eagle Valley High School alumna Elizabeth A. Fritze was valedictorian of her graduating class from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Fritze had a double major in politics and German. She graduated with a 3.966 grade point average and she planned to study law at Yale University.

“Anything Goes” was the theme for Eagle Flight Days.

30 years ago

Week of July 2, 1987

The First Bank of Eagle County hosted a retirement party for Ned E. Oyler. Oyler had served as president and chief executive officer at the bank for 20 years.

The town of Eagle’s “Proud as a Peacock” float took first place honors in the Flight Days Parade. The Misfits team won the event blooper ball tournament.

The average cost of self service gasoline was $1.02 per gallon. The Enterprise noted that reflected a 6-cent jump in anticipation of the July Fourth holiday.

Vail celebrated the grand opening of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

40 years ago

Week of June 30, 1977

District attorney Jack Healy said he would make a decision in August regarding whether or not to file criminal charges against Vail Associates or any company personnel for their respective roles in the fatal gondola accident of March 1976. In that incident, two gondolas crashed to the ground, killing four skiers and injuring eight others.

Four members of the Eagle High School Class of 1937 — Jim Nimon, Cornelia Steel Bobbit, Dorothy Lee Collett and Joe Walters — attended their 40th class reunion.

Queen Marcie Smith and King Everett Ferguson reigned over the Flight Days Fishing Derby. The pair earned their crowns by catching the first fish of the day.

Eagle County School District Superintendent Leonard Hammock won the Flight Days Horse Apple Pitching Contest.

50 years ago

Week of June 29, 1967

The McCoy 4-H Club took the $50 top prize for their Eagle Flight Days parade float. Their float was a replica of pioneer farm life. The Carter kids from Squaw Creek won first place in the bike parade with their little covered wagon hitched up to cardboard oxen.

Seventy-one people applied for Battle Mountain High School’s combination bus driver and caretaker position.

Ross Chamber of Eagle was named an honorary cattleman by the Eagle County Cowbelles. The honor was part of a beef promotion and Chambers’ prize was a leather billfold.

60 years ago

Week of June 27, 1957

Ross Chambers and Joe Puff hosted an open house at the Castle Peak Dairy in honor of National Daily Month. Everyone in the county was invited to visit the 19-year-old plant and enjoy some free ice cream.

The U.S. Forest Service announced that a new road would be built into the old mining community of Fulford. The old stage road was considered treacherous, particularly when traveled by logging trucks. The new road was configured to start at Yeoman Park.

Mary Rule and Florence Randall were the new managers of the Eagle Cafe.

Don Darrell was the Burns Rodeo champion. Susie Ware was the rodeo queen. A crowd of more than 2,000 people turned out for the event.

70 years ago

Week of June 27, 1947

The Enterprise lobbied the town to construct a tennis court at Eagle Town Park, west of the county building.

At the same time, the newspaper panned plans for a community swimming pool. “All kids need to do is don swimsuits or trunks, hike down to the west part of town any old time and take a dip in the overflow from the ditch,” suggested Enterprise editor Adrian Reynolds.

Minturn planned a two-day 4th of July celebration at the gun club. A baseball game and a dance were part of the planned festivities.

Margie Macdonell and Jack Whittaker represented local 4-H clubs at the state conference at Colorado A&M in Fort Collins.

80 years ago

Week of July 2, 1937

Hersey Wilson won his bout against a Denver man at a boxing match in Minturn. Bearcat Bearden was knocked out in his bout.

Glenwood Springs mortician Billy Farnum and his son, Jack, stopped in Eagle to show off their new hearse. The coach featured special order, blue mohair upholstery.

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