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Time Machine

This early day Eagle photo shows a bustling town, with lots of pedestrians and cars at the corner of Broadway and Third Street.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Aug. 7, 2014

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District celebrated the 90th anniversary of the creation of the Eagle Fire Department.

Work was proceeding on the Eby Creek Road roundabout project in Eagle. Motorists were well aware of the roadway work, but in addition to building the new traffic lanes, crew were also laying 4,200+ feet of new water lines and 590+ feet of new wastewater lines under the roadway. The estimated cost associated with the underground utility work was $1 million.

The Relay for Life event held at Eagle Valley High School raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society.

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5 years ago

Week of Aug. 10, 2010

Will Lowe, husband of local girl Tiffani (Burton) Lowe, took the bareback bronc title at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

Gerald Olesen won the Largest Zucchini Contest at the county fair. Rodney Bardsley took home the Grand Champion ribbon in the vegetable contest while Ryan Murray earned Reserve Grand Champion honors.

After a 10-year hiatus, Michelle New returned to teach dance exercise for Colorado Mountain College.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 4, 2005

The town of Eagle and Eagle Ranch agreed to proceed with construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Sylvan Lake Road. Heavy congestion was reported at the intersection during certain times of the day and the roundabout was one of the final items left on the Eagle Ranch development to-do list.

The Western Eagle County Senior League All Stars won the Colorado State Championship at a tournament in Castle Rock. After celebrating their win, the baseball players and parents received the unexpected news that the team would compete at the regional tournament in Brenham, Texas in less than a week.

Abbe Batten won a blue ribbon in horsemanship at the Northwest Colorado 4-H Exposition in Hayden.

Friends and family of Virgil Newquist planned to celebrate his 90th birthday at a party hosted by Carol and Corky Fitzsimmons.

Dusty Maurello was crowned Eagle County Rodeo Queen.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 3, 1995

Census figures indicated the town of Eagle had reached a population of 2,100, which would qualify it to be an official city. Town leaders declined the reclassification, saying they would prefer to have Eagle remain a town.

Wildfires sparked along Tennessee Pass and in the Bellyache Ridge area.

Eagle County planning staff members expressed concerns about the Adam’s Rib Golf Course development proposal. The plan had increased the number of houses for the project from 140 approved in 1982 to 1,000 units.

The Eagle County Land Conservancy was re-organized to become the Eagle Valley Land Trust. Terrill Knight was the president of the new organization.

Bill Clinkenbeard was hired as marketing manager of the Riverwalk at Edwards commercial project.

The Dixie Chicks performed at State Bridge Lodge.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 1, 1985

Eagle County Public Health Nurse Marge Gates was named “Nurse of the Year” by the Colorado County Nurses Association.

Highway construction in Glenwood Canyon prompted the Colorado Department of Highways to set up a system that involved one-way escort cars leading lines of traffic through the construction zone.

Mike Noha of Gypsum caught a 20-pound King Salmon in Lake Michigan.

Amy Hollandsworth was the reader of the week for the Eagle County Library.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 7, 1975

The Eagle Town Board rejected a proposal to form a special taxing district to pay for recreation projects. Board members expressed the sentiment that “recreation is nice, but it’s a luxury.”

Members of the Colorado Speleological Society spent the weekend cleaning trash from Fulford Cave.

Dolly Webb, 88, and Bill Heiner, 83, reigned as king and queen at the Eagle County Pioneers Association meeting.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 5, 1965

A lamb barbecue was the planned highlight of the Eagle County Fair. The Eichler Brothers of Brush Creek were set to do the cooking and money raised at the barbecue was pledged to the local 4-H organization.

Two local girls, Margaret Baldry and Carol Davenport, were selected to represent Eagle County at the 4-H demonstration contest at the Colorado State Fair.

The Enterprise reported “freakish weather” featuring high daytime temperatures coupled with daily rain deluges. A “baby cyclone” hit the corner of Fourth and Broadway, lifting metal roofing strips off of the Enterprise building. The flying strips severed a power line and cut some branches off a tree. The cyclone was followed by a hail storm.

Mike Pfalzgraff of Gypsum escaped drowning but lost his car after he plunged into the Colorado River. He was able to crawl out of a window after the car began to sink.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 11, 1955

A catch-it contest promised to be the highlight of the upcoming Eagle County Fair. Ranchers Bob Perry and Pete Dodo each donated a calf and Peter Jouflas and sons donated a lamb for the contest.

A cloud of black smoke off Castle Peak was caused by oil drillers, not wildfire. The drillers had poured 50 to 60 gallons of oil into a hole to loosen a stuck drill, then rather than pump out the oil, they disposed of it by setting it on fire.

A cloudburst northwest of Gypsum washed out sections of the Colorado River Road and disrupted the television lines at Trail Gulch that served the Sweetwater community.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 10, 1945

Pvt. Lloyd Eichler was home from the European theater, after six months in Italy. Tracy Borah was training with paratroopers in France.

Two brothers-in-law from Eagle had a chance meeting at Iwo Jima. Don Potts was serving with the Navy and J.G. Brown as a doctor with a Seabee battalion.

Castle Peak Dairy ran an ad seeking the return of glass milk bottles, which were becoming increasingly scarce.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 9, 1935

More than 100 people turned out for the Eagle County Pioneer Association Picnic in Gypsum. John Welsh was elected president and the crowed enjoyed a post-picnic dance featuring old time quadrilles and waltzes.

A gospel revival tent meeting was staged in Eagle.

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