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Francis Lufkin poses with his twin sons. The photo was likely taken by his wife, Lola Figgins Lufkin.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of June 25, 2015

“A Night at the Museum” was the theme for the annual Eagle Flight Days celebration.



The town of Eagle launched a water line replacement job that spanned the length of Wall Street from Fifth Street to Second Street.

Local officials said stream flows had peaked for the year and river recreationalists were enjoying prime conditions.



5 years ago

Week of June 23, 2011

Eagle Flight Days marked 50 continuous years of celebration and honored its golden anniversary with the theme “Golden Memories: Non-stop fun since ‘61.” While roots of the event reached back to 1922, Flight Days was not celebrated during World War II days and only sporadically during the 1950s.



The Pink Colorado exhibit was unveiled. The community art project featured large scale photograph reproductions and the common element was each one had an element of the color pink.

The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce and the One Eagle merchant group merged under the Eagle Chamber moniker.

Toby Sprunk was the new Eagle County Open Space Director.

10 years ago

Week of June 22, 2006

Volunteers built a mountain bike skills park near the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink site.

The Eagle Town Board approved the first phase of a new health care clinic in town. Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and Vail Valley Medical Center forged a partnership to build the center and the initial phase included medical offices, physical therapy space and space for specialty services.

Vice President Dick Cheney’s motorcade through Eagle caused a minor stir. Cheney was on his way to Beaver Creek to participate in the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum event.

Alaina Sheehy was set to represent Eagle Valley High School at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in San Francisco. The Eagle Lions Club awarded Sheehy a $500 scholarship to assist in covering her expenses for the trip.

20 years ago

Week of June 20, 1996

Eagle County officials were upset after learning the 1990 U.S. Census failed to count at least 900 homes in Eagle.

Work began on the new City Market grocery store in Eagle. However, plans for a McDonald’s along Eby Creek Road were scrapped when the town and the developer could not agree about how tall the restaurant sign could be.

Glenwood Medical Associates and dentist King Campbell and his staff moved into the new Eagle Valley Medical Clinic on Chambers Ave.

30 years ago

Week of June 19, 1986

B&B Excavating was seeking approval for a 46-acre gravel pit west of Eagle.

The Eagle County School Board committed to building new elementary schools at Gypsum and Avon.

Steve Kelly was the new District Ranger for the Eagle U. S. Forest Service office.

40 years ago

Week of June 24, 1976

Eagle was official designated a Centennial/Bicentennial town during a ceremony at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

The Eagle Planning Commission recommended approval of the Adam’s Rib sketch plan. The group was also receptive to a proposal for a residential area located south of Seventh Street (that proposal eventually became the Bull Pasture neighborhood.)

Work stared on an expansion of the Eagle Medical Clinic to provide a dental examination room and office space. Jerry Fedrizzi was the local dentist who planned to move into the space.

Mr. and Mrs. George Chandler of Eagle announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathy Ruth, to Lt. George Henry of Albuquerque.

50 years ago

Week of June 23, 1966

Jean Johnson, chair of the Flight Days parade, reported she had 20 entries including 14 floats and the kids bicycle brigade.

The valley’s new medical clinic hosted an open house. Dr. Ray Athey has already set up his practice at the site. The clinic was paid for from community donations and constructed by volunteer labor at a cost of $30,000. The new facility was nearly debt-free.

L.K. Toomer of Burns and Luther Mitchell took third place in calf roping at the Strawberry Days rodeo in Glenwood Springs.

60 years ago

Week of June 21, 1956

An infestation of aphids threatened the pea crop in the Eagle area.

In what the Enterprise termed a “bureaucratic injustice” a decision by the Federal Communications Commission cut off the broadcast to television signals in the Steamboat to Eagle area. Local viewers were urged to send telegrams of protest to the FCC.

R.C. Bearden was the successful bidder on a timber sale on Derby Mesa. West Slope Lumber was the top bider on the East Hat Creek timber sale.

Dr. L.W. Simmons of Eagle reported treating 50 cases of dysentery. Some people suspected the local water was the source, the illness had spread to other communities as far away as Pittsburg, PA.

70 years ago

Week of June 21, 1946

Cpl. Walter Lieber, serving in Germany, wrote a letter offering his enthusiastic support for an airfield in Eagle County. He was one of the first locals to take flying lessons.

Mr. Lulu Horn of McCoy was another flying lessons pupil.

Heavy rains hit Eagle and the Enterprise reported “It’s almost possible to fish from one’s doorstep.”

Two Red Cliff boys narrowly missed serious injury when they fashioned a homemade ‘grenade.’ The youths made the incendiary device from railroad bolts and gunpowder. When it exploded, one of the boys suffered a broken leg.

An elderly woman, Jennie Machin, died when her tent home located at Sweetwater caught fire.

80 years ago

Week of June 19 1936

The Colorado Highway Department director, Charlie Vail revealed his dream of building a highway from Wheeler over Black Gore Pass. Vail said the 25-mile road could shave 100 miles off the existing route between Denver and the Western Slope. The existing route went through Fairplay, Buena Vista and Leadville.

The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual fish fry. The fishermen responsible for bringing the main dish included Holly Brooks and his wife; Howard McCain; and Tom, Harry and John Lewis.


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