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Time Machine

This 1920s photo shows a trail derailment at the west switch at Kent. "Jim Flynn's train, one one got hurt," reads the caption on the back of the photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |


Week of June 13, 2013

The Vail Summer Football Camp returned to Battle Mountain High School after a 10-year hiatus. Camp Director Tom Backhus brought back the non-pad, technique-oriented camp.

Eby Creek road construction was set to launch in Eagle. The $23.5 million project included plans for new roundabouts in the eastbound and westbound Interstate interchanges, Chambers Avenue and Market Street.

Columbine Market in Gypsum was under new ownership and was renamed Bella’s Market.

HAATS (High Altitude Army National Guard Training Site) was honored for search and rescue operations and providing life-saving support for local officials.

A litter of fox kits were drawing notice from Eagle Ranch residents. The fox den was located near the golf course maintenance building.


Week of June 11, 2009

The town of Eagle trimmed its budget as sales tax dropped for 2009. Most significantly, building materials sales dropped 49 percent, retail sales dipped 21 percent, and repairs and parts dropped 18 percent.

The Western Eagle Valley Rotary Club’s annual Run for the Future celebrated its 20th year.

Cotton Ranch was set to auction off the golf course in Gypsum as part of a foreclosure process.

Gypsum’s outdoor concert and movie series, The People’s Friday, resumed for the 2009 season.

Art enthusiasts browsed around booths at the Eagle Ranch Art Walk.

Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell celebrated 25 years on the job.

The Eagle County Historical Society and Spiegel Construction were set to host a vintage baseball game for Flight Days weekend.


Week of June 10, 2004

The Eagle Valley Humane Society marked 30 years of taking care of the county’s needy animals.

Eagle Valley High School sophomore Hayley Didier of Eby Creek drew the winning tee shirt logo for the Race for the Future logo contest. EVHS art students Roxanne Rysavy and Denisse Manriquez were runners-up.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and a private consulting firm were hammering out a management plan for the Hardscrabble Open Area Trail System.

Trap shooters from the region gathered at the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club at Gypsum to compete in a shoot. The Town of Gypsum had just become owners of the facility, which was run by club members.

Eagle Valley Elementary first grade teacher Susan Forsyth was named the “Walmart Teacher of the Year” for Eagle County.


Week of June 9, 1994

Word was out that the first-ever fast food franchise was coming to Eagle — a Subway Sandwiches and Salad shop, to be located adjacent to the Eagle Standard station.

A week after the Eagle County Planning Commission recommended denial of the Adam’s Rib golf course subdivision, the sketch plan was going to the Eagle County commissioners.

After being in a stalled state for many years, the Eby Creek Mesa subdivision was booming. Some 44 of 60 lots were sold in a month.

A film crew from the television show “Rescue 911” was interested in filming the story of Eby Creek sisters Hayley and Meadow Didier. Meadow, 8, had saved her younger sister when the teepee they were sleeping in caught on fire.


Week of June 14, 1984

The town of Eagle was in the process of building the Chambers Memorial Park on the Eagle River. Construction was also under way on the new, $5.3 million Eagle County Justice Center.

Eagle County Assessor Ella Bindley was recovering from illness brought on by a bite from a black widow spider.

The Eagle County School District was developing a master plan for recently acquired property at Maloit Park.

The Gypsum Town Council was considering a mosquito control program that would involve spraying from the air. The council also agreed to enter an agreement with the BLM for maintenance of the campground west of town.


Week of June 13, 1974

Eagle Ranch manager John Hamilton and nine cowhands moved a herd of 318 yearlings down Broadway, en route to summer pasture – during the midst of a spring snowstorm. Afterwards, the ranch hosted a communitywide beef and beer barbecue.

Gilman resident James Madison Brown, 61, reached a plea bargain agreement in the shooting death of his wife, Ophelia. Brown was allowed to plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Adam’s Rib General Manager Norm Montgomery announced that the development company had purchased the Norman Ranches, about 2,600 acres on Brush Creek.

The EVHS Rodeo Team were collecting ribbons and trophies from rodeos across the state.


Week of June 11, 1964

The Colorado Department of Highways was taking bids on the twin tunnels, which would eliminate the sharp curves at Horseshoe Bend in the Glenwood Canyon.

Connie Greve was the queen of the 1964 Little Britches Rodeo. Her attendants were Donna Lyn Price and Sandy Decker. A local rodeo was scheduled in conjunction with Flight Days.

Charles “Bud” Bishop, son of a prominent Brush Creek rancher, was killed when his plane crashed near Fairplay.

John Vanderhoof of Glenwood Springs and William Stevens of Gypsum were the local state legislature candidates.


Week of June 10, 1954

The Eagle County Lion’s Club launched a fund-raising drive for a resuscitator, to be used for emergencies in the Eagle/Gypsum communities. The portable piece of equipment was to be stored at Eagle Valley Telephone.

Despite the strong winds and near-freezing temperatures, a fair-sized crowd of young anglers turned out for Huck Finn Day.


Week of June 9, 1944

Sheriff Murray Wilson was called to State Bridge following a particularly violent fight between two railroad workers. One man was cut with a broken bottle. Both were jailed.

Joseph Carter, a pioneer rancher on Squaw Creek, died after being thrown and trampled by a frightened horse. The animal apparently panicked when it smelled a bear. Carter was able to push his grandson, William Larry Case, to safety.


Week of June 15, 1934

A detail of 20 men from the Civilian Conservation Corps moved to Tigiwon to construct an assembly hall for the seventh annual pilgrimage to Mount of the Holy Cross. The crew had already erected eight “tent cabins” and were to construct a dining hall and cement spring house.

Three forest fires broke out in the same day in the county. The worst was north of Cottonwood Creek west of Gypsum.

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