Time Machine

The Wilson Appliance Store on Broadway, as it looked back in the 1930s. Billy Morgan's Pool Hall can be seen at the right.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Aug. 29, 2013

Eagle firefighters were ready to participate in the Fill the Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Gypsum Town Council approved an Interstate 70 interchange study and gave the green light to spend $35,000 on ways to improve the visual appeal of the town’s I-70 exchange.

The Eagle Town Board debated retail marijuana regulations, and the board approved an ordinance that updated Eagle’s criminal code to bring it into compliance with Amendment 64.

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Creek Side Grill in Gypsum had become a popular downvalley restaurant.


Week of Sept. 3, 2009

Eagle celebrated its annual Potatopalooza festival.

Eagle Valley High School crews promised that the new remodel would be ready for a Sept. 21 opening.

Hundreds of kids benefited from Mary Lou Yeik’s school supply drive. Yeik started the drive the year before after two boys showed up at her house looking for work to earn money for supplies.

Green Bikes outside of the Mountain Peddler on Broadway in Eagle were available for anyone who wanted to use one to ride around town. The Green Bikes program encouraged residents and visitors to use the community bikes, instead of driving their cars.


Week of Sept. 2, 2004

A black bear kept local police busy as it wandered around Eagle in the Hilltop and Capitol Street neighborhoods.

The Back Bowl advertised $4.95 per game while NFL matchups played on their big screen televisions.

Johnny Sandoval of Gypsum competed in the Leadville Trail 100 for the eleventh time. His time was 28 hours and 34 minutes.

The Rocky Mountain News reported that the Eagle County Justice Center had become something of a tourist attraction. People want to see where the famous Kobe Bryant trial was taking place.


Week of Sept. 1, 1994

Cramped quarters at the Eagle County Justice Center prompted the Eagle County commissioners to explore construction of an annex building.

Superfund cleanup crews at Maloit Park above Minturn were surprised to discover an orchid growing in one of the targeted clean-up areas near Minturn Middle School.

A photograph in the Enterprise featured Art “Slim” Stephenson and the 4.25-pound potato he had grown in his garden. He won a potato-growing competition with his daughter, Susan Hart.


Week of Sept. 6, 1984

After several days without television service, the Eagle Valley Television Corps again turned on the booster system when local cable television providers agreed to sit down with town officials and seek solutions to funding problems.

Eagle Police Lt. Randy Parker and his dog, K-9 Magnum, were headed to the K-9 competition in Germany.

Eagle County Commissioner Danny Williams was seeking election to State House seat in the 56th District.


Week of Sept. 5, 1974

The Eagle County School District was pushing a bond issue that would finance construction of middle schools in Eagle and Gypsum, and an elementary school in Vail. A proposal for construction of a new administration facility in Eagle drew criticism from a couple of school board members from Vail, who argued that the population center was growing up-valley.

A sudden gust of wind caused an old cottonwood tree to topple onto the county’s pumper jeep, used for fighting rural fires.

The Eagle County Wool Growers, led by ranchers Danny Williams and Chris Jouflas, petitioned the county for a $7,600 contribution toward predator control. Willams said sheep ranchers were losing 20 percent of their sheep to coyotes.


Week of Sept. 3, 1964

There was a bat infestation at a railroad house in Bond. The Enterprise reported that 70 bat bodies were recovered after an exterminator was called in.

Bond resident Vern Seaman, suffering a bullet wound in his foot, was telling people he had been “shot by a skunk.” Seaman accidentally shot himself with a .22 when a skunk that he intended to dispatch turned and advanced toward him.

The Eagle County Airfield was the base of operations for a search effort that eventually resulted in the recovery of four bodies from a plane that crashed near Aspen.

“The Pink Panther,” starring David Niven and Peter Sellers was showing at the Minturn Theatre.


Week of Sept. 2, 1954

The Fleming Sawmill on Gore Creek was completely destroyed by fire. The loss was estimated at $100,000. The Minturn Fire Department was able to save 11 worker cabins, some $20,000 worth of mine timbers and lumber, and several vehicles.

For the first time, many residents of the area started using dial phones operated by radio wave. The Eagle Valley Telephone Company intended to build 10 miles of line in the area.


Week of Sept. 1, 1944

Following the resignation of superintendent D.A. Zarlengo, the Eagle School Board hired J.K. Argall to fill the position. Meleta Wilson was named principal of the high school and Velma Ewing was a new teacher at the Eagle School.

Shirley Wilson and Charlotte Frazier departed for Denver to attend business college. The departing young women were the honored guests at a “handkerchief shower” hosted by Mabel Ethel.


Week of Sept. 7, 1934

The Eagle baseball team was in the running for the Western Slope championship. The local boys would face the Shell Oil Team in a tournament in Grand Junction.

The Eagle Public Schools were in session, with a total of 117 students enrolled.

An early frost damaged vegetables and flower gardens in the alley, and nipped most of the potato vines.

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