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

Ray Angle, Hazel Harris and Ed Taylor relax by sitting on some barrels at the Eagle train depot in this 1920 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of June 9, 2016

The GoPro Mountain Games launched an Eagle area Enduro bike race.

The Eagle Valley Padres, composed of boys ages 13 to 14 years old, won the Three Rivers Little League Championship.

John Schneiger began work as Eagle’s new town manager.

5 years ago

Week of June 7, 2012

Col. Joel Best, former commander at the High Altitude Aviation Training Site at the Eagle County Regional Airport, assumed command of the Colorado Army National Guard.

Zoe Thrasher was the valedictorian and Samatha Eckert was the salutatorian of the Eagle Valley High School Class of 2012.

Kristie Pooley opened Broadway and Fourth Jewelers in downtown Eagle.

10 years ago

Week of June 7, 2007

Representatives from the Colorado camp of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans gathered at Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle to honor Nicholas Buchholz. Buchholz homesteaded in the Eagle area after his Civil War service and served as Eagle County Assessor for 18 years.

State Bridge Lodge was gutted by a fire. No one was injured in the blaze, but the lodge, general store and an outdoor area were all destroyed.

The developers of the Stratton Flats project in Gypsum hoped to offer new homes in the $200,000 range.

Murphy, a Wheaten Terrier that belonged to Eagle Ranch residents Sig and Marsha Bjornson, spend a long morning caught in a storm drainage pipe. Murphy had chased a skunk into the pipe. Eventually crews from the Greater Eagle Fire Department, Eagle County Animal Control and Eagle Public Works were able to rescue the dog.

20 years ago

Week of June 5, 1997

Graduating EVHS senior David Mayne had always wanted to leave high school in style, so on his final day he did. He road a horse off into the sunset.

Whirling disease was taking a toll on local fisheries.

A 2-year-old Gypsum girl was seriously injured when a labrador retriever bit her on the face.

30 years ago

Week of June 11, 1987

After a slow start to the year, the town of Eagle lowered its sales tax projections by $56,000.

EVHS students Chad Secrest, Karl Schmidt, Kent Pilcher and Greg Beaumont were headed to the University of Colorado Honors Institute in Engineering.

Eagle County Assessor Jody Caruthers reported that phones were ringing off the wall after mailing out the latest reappraisal notices.

Pitcher Joannie Lundberg led the Winterhawk women’s softball team to a win over the Alpine Bank team.

40 years ago

Week of June 9, 1977

The town of Eagle enacted an emergency ordinance to allow tightened water conservation measures. Water shortages were expected to become more severe as the summer progressed.

“Looking Ahead” was the theme for the annual Eagle Flight Days celebration. The list of activities included a kids fishing derby, a pancake breakfast and the traditional parade. “Of course, no Flight Days is complete without a reigning queen,” the Enterprise noted. The queen contest and the queen’s banquet were the centerpiece of the Friday night lineup.

Virginia Cram and her niece Mary Cram opened a new business at 128 Broadway — Cram’s Hobby Hut. The business featured a wide array of hobby supplies including various colors of jute and wood and ceramic beads for macramé enthusiasts.

50 years ago

Week of June 9, 1967

A spectacular fire destroyed the former service club building at Camp Hale. According to witnesses the glow from the blaze could be seen for many miles. Fire officials suspected arson was the cause.

Colorado Mountain College, the newly formed local junior college, reported receiving 138 student applications. The college projected a total of 300 students would be enrolled for the fall of 1967.

The Eagle Flight Days and Junior Rodeo celebration was slated for June 24 and 25. Planned activities included senior and junior boys and girls rodeo competition, a parade and a Saturday night dance at the Eagle gym.

Linda Hoza reported on the Brush Creek 4-H Cooking Club meeting held at the home of Mrs. Lloyd Eichler. Alexis Johnson gave a demonstration on fruit salad and the club members tested the cocoa syrup they had made.

Specials at the H.W. Lewis Store included a half-gallon of ice cream for 69 cents and three cans of soda for a quarter.

60 years ago

Week of June 6, 1957

The John Shue family was involved in a head-on car collision in Glenwood Canyon. Seven people were sent to the hospital after the accident. Shue, his wife and the couple’s four children all sustained serious injuries.

Approximately $60 in cash was stolen from the office of the We-Ask-You-Inn Motel and Cafe in Avon. Three guests were asleep at the motel when a burglar slipped in and unlocked a back door.

Mrs. Nettie May Hurt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ormand Hurt of Burns, and Teddy Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.H. Reynolds of Edwards were married at the Glenwood Springs Methodist Church.

Larry and David Terrell, workers for the Colorado Game and Fish Department, were trapping beavers when they found a bear cub caught in one of their traps. Because the cub was not injured, the men attempted to release him from the trap. But when the cub let out a loud wail, his mother came charging. The men were able to retreat from the area and brought back reinforcements. Eventually the cub was freed and reunited with his mother.

70 years ago

Week of June 6, 1947

A truck carrying a load of cucumbers went over the bank of the highway on Battle Mountain Pass and the cargo was completely destroyed by fire.

A Red Cliff man spent the weekend in jail after a wild night. The man was in a somewhat intoxicated state when he let loose a volley of shots from his high-powered rifle. The shots passed through two different houses.

The town of Kremmling announced plans for a new, modern hospital. The community was raising money for the project.

The Eagle baseball team took a whipping at the hand of Yampa, losing 13 to 7. The Enterprise maintained that pitcher Jack Johnson was the victim of bad officiating.

80 years ago

Week of June 4, 1937

The Eagle community had a “fine new firefighting machine.” The new fire truck cost $2,600 and included a water pump, hose, ladders, axes and hand extinguishers. (Note: this truck is still in service as a parade vehicle for the Greater Eagle Fire Department).

The annual Mount of the Holy Cross Pilgrimage was planned June 26-30. O.W. Randall was the event organizer.

The silver Eagle Barber and Beauty Shops offered special 25-cent children’s haircuts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.