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Time Machine

Ella Horn, right, and a friend stand on the cow catcher, or pilot, of a locomotive in this 1916 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of July 16, 2015

Gypsum was set to celebrate Gypsum Daze with Big and Rich headlining the Saturday night concert.

Expert Burger opened along Chambers Avenue in Eagle.

The U.S. Forest Service declared Deep Creek was suitable for Wild and Scenic designation.

BluSky Restoration of Gypsum assisted the Eagle County Historical Society to rehabilitate the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad caboose located at the Chambers Park museum area.

5 years ago

Week of July 14, 2011

The town of Gypsum marked its centennial with a plus-size Gypsum Daze celebration. The Saturday night concert featured the Eli Young Band and the Oak Ridge Boys.

As part of the community’s centennial celebration, the Eagle County Historical Society planned a cemetery tour with actors from Porchlight Players Community Theater portraying prominent Gypsum pioneers. The historical society also produced a walking tour guide of Gypsum’s historic properties.

Eagle native Jason Feucht and his wife Erica were planning to depart on a four-year mission trip to work with orphans in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau.

10 years ago

Week of July 13, 2006

Pilot Joe Ryan, owner of Rocky Mountain Biplane Adventures, offered passengers a ride of a lifetime in his distinctive red biplane. Tours departed daily from the Vail Valley Jet Center.

Construction began on the Sylvan Lake Road roundabout. When completed, the new roundabout was expected to reduce traffic along Capitol Street.

The Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission granted parking variances, clearing the way for construction of a new Brush Creek Saloon building at Broadway and Third Street in downtown Eagle.

The Porchlight Players presented “How to Eat Like a Child” during the Gypsum Daze celebration.

Terri Clark was the headliner for the Saturday night Gypsum Daze concert.

20 years ago

Week of July 11, 1996

In reaction to the opening of strip clubs in Aspen and Carbondale, the Gypsum Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting nude entertainment establishments within 200 feet of residential properties or within 500 feet of a church.

Gypsum Daze events included the popular “appliance tossing” contest and the Great Gypsum Yard Sale.

The winner of the Flight Days volleyball tournament was Rhonda Higgins’ “Wild Ones.” Kris Kramer’s “Whatever” team placed second and Anne McKibbin’s “Sager’s Army” placed third.

30 years ago

Week of July 10, 1986

The Eagle Town Board was pursuing the cleanup of a couple of local properties under the community’s public nuisance law.

Mr. and Mrs. John Beasley’s home at 33 Capitol Street earned “Yard of the Week” honors.

Eagle Recreation Director Ray Tencza was in charge of the town’s fireworks display with the assistance of Blake Faulkner, Steve Isom, Butch Reynolds, Tim Quealey, Dale Williams, Rich Deane, Charlie Boomhower, Steve Wujek, Tom Girard and Mort Thomas.

In a July 4 All-Star softball game, the Eagle East team was the winner. Team members were Ronnie Sisneros, Joe Andrews, Bill Johnson, Lindy Cosper, Victor Galko, Carl Gray, Dave Hayes, Jerry Smith, John Boyd, Chris Dwyer, Charles Bryant, Kevin Murdie and Dave Lundberg. Melanie Downs was the new minister at the United Methodist Church.

40 years ago

Week of July 15, 1976

A two-hour rainstorm caused a flash flood at Sweetwater, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages to buildings, bridges, vehicles and property. The hardest hit area was the stretch between the Luark Ranch and Anderson Camp. Two camp buildings and several vehicles were washed down river.

The Eagle Planning Commission tabled a proposal that would have spelled out parking provisions for small businesses.

Planners predicted that Eagle County’s population would reach 32,000 by 1995.

50 years ago

Week of July 14, 1966

A 12-year-old Boy Scout from eastern Colorado was seriously injured when he fell off a 150-foot cliff at Sweetwater Lake.

A rummage sale and auction in Vail, organized by the Vail School Mothers, raised an astounding $4,000.

The old Harve Dice Ranch house located along Brush Creek , considered a local landmark, was destroyed by fire. The apparent cause of the blaze, which blew up the log home, was a gas leak. Owners Mr. and Mrs. Cy Dice were not home at the time.

Pat Bratton’s ranch on Derby Mesa and Dan Rule’s ranch north of Eagle were selected as “mountain meadow” demonstration sites by Colorado State University.

Rocky Mountain Natural Gas was considering an expansion into the Eagle area.

60 years ago

Week of July 12, 1956

Nick Strubi of Burns was the third member of his family to earn the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree. His brother Felix and his father Jack also earned the recognition.

Bob Shelton was the new president of the Eagle Lions Club.

Congressman Wayne Aspinall was fielding complaints from Eagle Valley residents who had lost their television signal following a ruling by the Federal Communications Commission.

The American Legion hosted an old-fashioned box social that included an auction of the box dinners and a square dance afterward.

70 years ago

Week of July 12, 1946

Mayme Price and Bill Luby headed up planning for the upcoming Pioneer Day celebration in Gypsum.

The Eagle airstrip was a busy site for one day as four Cessna planes were brought in for a demonstration.

Activity picked up at the Fulford mining camp with Mabel Colrick spending the summer at her cabin and Hymie Hemberger working his mining claims.

John DeLay, a newcomer employed at Koonce Chevrolet, was honored with a surprise birthday party at the Ross Chambers ranch.

80 years ago

Week of July 10, 1936

Charles Merrill sold the Wolcott store to Mrs. E.L. Peate and her son.

At a boxing match in Aspen, Bearcat Bearden knocked out his opponent “Kid Soco” in the fifth round. Bearden has a strong cheering section at the bout. Many locals drove to the Aspen match over Cottonwood Pass, estimating they saved 51 miles by avoiding the Glenwood Canyon route.

A careless smoker caused a 75-acre wildland fire east of Copper Spur. Local loggers and a 25-man Civilian Conservation Corps crew from North Park were called in to battle the fire.

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