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Time Machine

An early day Eagle County Rodeo is contested behind the Eagle School.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of July 24, 2014

The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Eagle’s Eby Creek Road construction hit a major milestone when the traffic pattern along the roadway switched over to a roundabout operation. Motorists saw an immediate improvement in traffic congestion.

Eagle Ranch Golf Club was recognized for environmental excellence.

Colorado legislators Sen. Rollie Heath, Sen. Gail Schwartz and Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush stopped by Bonfire Brewery during a “listening tour” of Western Colorado.

5 years ago

Week of July 22, 2010

Red Canyon Café was the sponsor of the High Altitude Artisan Bread Bake-off, one of the many contests offered as part of the 71st annual Eagle County Fair & Rodeo.

Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a large cache of bicycles, believed to have been stolen from the Edwards area.

The town of Gypsum approved a $5,500 expenditure to install a first-of-its kind solar powered street light at the intersection of Jules Drive and Cooley Mesa Road.

Members of the Eagle Valley High School Class of 1960 — the first class to graduate from the new school — gathered at the Brush Creek Pavilion for a class reunion. Also joining in the fun were Eagle County High School and Eagle High school graduates from 1955-59 and EVHS graduates from 1961-69. All told, about 125 people attended the event.

10 years ago

Week of July 21, 2005

A new trail was dedicated at Yeoman Park to honor William Sears Brown, who served as ranger of the U.S. Forest Service Ranger District from 1920-35.

Construction began on the Eagle Crossing commercial building, located north of the Eagle Post Office.

Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy ordered an open fire ban.

Burns resident Brian Luark, 16, qualified to compete in the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas.

20 years ago

Week of July 20, 1995

The Eagle Valley Television Corp., which had supplied over-the-air television service for decades, faced an uncertain future because most customers were switching over to cable television service.

Local kindergarten teacher Laurie Evans return home after a year of teaching English in Tanzania.

Dustin Mayne received his Eagle Scout award.

Three members of the Bair family — Jim, Vaniel and Jeff — brought home three gold medals and two silver medals from the Colorado Indoor Track Championship.

30 years ago

Week of July 18 1985

A U.S. District Court judge’s ruling removed a hurdle for the proposed Adam’s Rib development. The judge ruled that the developer’s environmental impact statement adequately addressed impacts associated with the planned development.

Todd Hennessey, 15, was headed to the Soviet Union for a two week hockey competition and tour.

Archaeologists from Metcalf Archaeology in Eagle uncovered evidence of hunters and gatherers dating back to the post-ice age at a dig west of Buena Vista.

40 years ago

Week of July 24, 1975

Eagle County commissioners Dale Grant, Dan Koprinikar and Al Orlosky met with Colo. Gov. Richard Lamm to discuss the controversial Beaver Creek ski area proposal. The governor had expressed concerns about the project density.

U.S. Forest Service Chief John McGuire upheld the agency’s designation of Beaver Creek as a winter recreation site.

50 years ago

Week of July 22, 1965

A Gypsum man, Don Serrano, lost parts of both of his legs and an arm in an accident at the Lava Product Plant at Dotsero. He was injured while cleaning the inside of a cement mixer, which was accidently turned on.

The new U.S. Bureau of Land Management recreation site west of Gypsum opened to the public. If was the first BLM recreation site in Colorado.

A severe rain storm washed out roads and created mud slides in the area from State Bridge to McCoy. Rocks and dirt on the railroad tracks stopped trains and marooned passengers.

60 years ago

Week of July 18, 1955

A shooting spree at the Fulford mining camp landed one man in the hospital and two men in jail. John Woodward was wounded after drawing two weapons during a quarrel with two men. The other men were also armed and they were facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

After 30 years of service, the Wayne Kutz trucking line was sold. The local company was primarily engaged in hauling livestock.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Shannon sold their Edward Ranch to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Miller.

70 years ago

Week of July 27, 1945

Donald J. Nunn of Gypsum completed his training at the Navy Air Training Center in Oklahoma.

Pvt. Wesley Schlegel of McCoy was stationed in Texas, and he wrote home that he did not like the weather there. He also wrote that he hoped to be home for hunting season.

Pfc. Don VanHorn was stationed in China, where he reported the mountains dwarfed the Rockies.

A flight school held at the airport west of Eagle was very popular. A number of local residents enrolled in the Sunday morning lessons.

80 years ago

Week of July 26, 1935

One of the Gypsum Valley’s landmarks disappeared when a wrecking crew tore down the old schoolhouse located at the northwest corner of the Doll Ranch. The school had served the community for more than 50 years.

Mrs. A.B. Koonce was the newly elected president of the Eagle Garden Club. The group was busy planning for its annual garden show.

Local politicians and citizens turned out to tour the new Rio Grande Motorway bus, which provided service between Pueblo and Salt Lake City.

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