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A 1940s era photograph captures a cattle roundup at the Gates Ranch. The information with the photo notes "This picture shows rounding up the cattle to start the long trip to the railroad yard. Uncle Orris Albertson said that Grandpa "Bert" Gates could drive cattle anywhere. He must have been quite a cowboy."
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of June 27, 2013

Eagle Flight Days was set to kick off with the theme “Under the Big Top.” The Veterans of Foreign Wars Band was set to perform for the third year in a row at the Eagle Flight Days celebration. The band was also marking its 125th anniversary.

The Town of Eagle nixed the Kum and Go gas station proposal, citing concerns about the proposal’s potential to negatively impact the community’s water quality.

An upgrade at the Eagle ball fields was planned for the fall with the installation of artificial turf.

The town of Gypsum’s sales tax was up and ahead of budget with a 3.4 percent increase.

Samantha Raelene Francis of Wolcott graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in medical humanities from Baylor University.


Week of June 25, 2009

The Eagle Flight Days theme was “Eagle-opoly: Get in the Game.”

Eagle County officials were making plans to replace natural grass with sports turf on two Gypsum fields, including the football field at Eagle Valley High School. School board president Scott Green was instrumental in that project.

Taco Bell was offering a Burrito Supreme, Taco Supreme and a large drink for $4.99.

The Great Outdoors Colorado Board awarded the town of Gypsum $71,551.26 in lottery funds to help develop York View Park to be located in the Eagle River Estates subdivision in the western-most part of town.

The Charlie Daniels Band and Little Big Town were slated for the Gypsum Daze Concert.


Week of June 24, 2004

The Town of Eagle staff recommended no motorized vehicle access across town open space. The open space policy hearing was June 29.

Extensive rehabilitation of the Bellyache area made it a popular location for bikers and hikers.

The Detroit Red Wings Alumni hosted a weeklong camp for area youth hockey players. The week ended with an exhibition game between the alumni and the youngsters.

The fourth annual 4th of July Bike Parade was being planned for the town of Eagle. Event coordinator Mary Boyd was searching for volunteers.

Vintage cars were set to roll into Eagle for the “Great Race” – a road rally involving 120 vintage car competitors.


Week of June 23, 1994

East West Partners were negotiating with Eagle Ranch owner Jessica Catto to purchase her 1,100-acre parcel on Brush Creek.

Local archeologist Mike Metcalf conducted a tour of archeological sites in the Radium area for the Eagle County Historical Society.

The downvalley community was doused by rain storms which, as is too often true, coincided with the first hay cutting on local ranches.

A lightning strike in Eagle caused the nearby electrical transformer to send a weird blue, pulsing light over Lower Kaibab.


Week of June 28, 1984

The Eagle Town Board approved a 23-space recreational vehicle park at the Best Western Motel.

The Eagle County commissioners approved two sawmill operations in the Dotsero area, and expansion of the Nottingham gravel pit at Eagle.

Eagle County also approved development of a Christian children’s camp up Squaw Creek.

Professional jockey Pat Day, a former Eagle Valley resident, broke a long-standing record by capturing an unprecedented seven victories on eight mounts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.


Week of June 27, 1974

After considerable pressure from families in northern Eagle County, the school board agreed to re-instate the seventh and eighth grades at the McCoy School.

“Wild West” was the theme of Eagle Flight Days. The Eagle Pool Committee was hosting a fund-raising dunking booth.

George McCollum, self-proclaimed ping-pong champion of the Eagle Valley, defended that title in a Flight Days tournament. McCollum issued personal challenges to Bob Shelton and Wayne Randall.


Week of June 25, 1964

More than 20 entries were anticipated in the Eagle Flight Days Parade.

State Patrol Lt. Frank Tomsic reported that a man’s body was found in a car submerged in the Colorado River, two miles west of the Eagle/Garfield County line.

Residents of the neighborhood surrounding the Eagle Town Park had pooled more than $100 for the purchase of fireworks for a community Independence Day celebration.

Local thespians were presenting the melodrama “Miss Twiddle and the Devil”.


Week of June 24, 1954

Two Minturn girls, ages 13 and 11, died when the raft they were riding in overturned in a beaver pond south of Minturn.

Eagle was experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures or several days running in the 96-99 degree range. Water had become so scarce that measuring flumes were ordered for water users on Brush Creek early in the spring.

A young Swiss woman, Madelien Jungen, was visiting the valley for the summer as part of the International Farm Youth Exchange. She was dividing her time between the Fred Dice ranch on Brush Creek and with the Albert Gates ranch at Burns.

The town of Gypsum was planning an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration.


Week of June 23, 1944

A 44-year-old woman drowned after jumping from a footbridge into the frigid waters of Homestake Creek, above Red Cliff.

Plans for the approaching Fourth of July celebration in Eagle included posting a billboard “honor roll” at the courthouse that included a list of names of some 500 county residents who were serving their country.


Week of June 30, 1934

Following a four-day trial, the J.P. Quinan family was awarded $2,700 for 19 acres of land right-of -way that was taken by the Denver and Salt Lake Western Railroad for the Dotsero Cut-Off.

Plans were being made for a “Farmer’s Day” at the Avon Colorado Agricultural College Experimental Station. More than 100 varieties of potatoes were being grown on the farm.

Three young men were arrested and charged with stealing shoes and other clothing out of a boxcar parked at Pando.

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