Time Machine

Jim Flynn, Claude Connors, Agnes Wheaty and Jay McDougall pose with rifles on the train tracks at Kent in 1918.
Photo courtesy of Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

1 year ago

Week of Sept. 11, 2014

The new pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70 was placed during the late night and early morning hours of September 10 and 11. The $1.2 million structure was built to withstand 90 mph winds and covered a total length of 347 feet.

The Castle Peak Senior Care Center announced it had reached the $4.4 million private fund-raising goal and would begin construction in 2015.

The Colorado High School Cycling League’s Haymaker Jam returned to Eagle as a warm up to the state championships planned in October.

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The Eagle Valley High School football team beat Battle Mountain 35-13.

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 9, 2010

Mike Luark’s beekeeping business was featured in a front-page story.

Eagle hosted a walking tour of its Brush Creek stream enhancement project. The town’s efforts included construction of in-steam features and stabilization of stream banks.

The town of Gypsum was nearing the end of its first season of owning the former Cotton Ranch Golf Club. The town bought the course for $2.5 million in mid-January and turned it into a municipal operation, rechristening it as Gypsum Creek Golf Club.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 8, 2005

During a special meeting, the Eagle Town Board approved plans for a $3 million Broadway streetscape project. Several townspeople voiced concerns about how the plan would reduce the number of parking spots in the downtown area from 116 to 79.

Several Hurricane Katrina fund-raisers were planned throughout the valley. Additionally, Eagle County was heading up a local response to the disaster in case refugees from the Gulf Coast arrived in the area.

Construction was under way on a new fitness center at Eagle Ranch.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 7, 1995

Gypsum was getting a grocery story. A group of investors planned to build a 20,000 square foot market at the Red Table Plaza Commercial Center.

A study by the Northwestern Colorado Council of Governments predicted Eagle County’s population would grow by 46 percent by the year 2000.

The Colorado State Patrol announced it’s Eagle dispatch center would be moving to Craig or Montrose.

A pair of touchdown by Griffy Wright helped the EVHS Devils to a 9-8 victory over Steamboat Springs.

Carl Orlosky harvested a half-dozen volleyball-size, giant puffball mushrooms from a patch on the north side of Hardscrabble Mountain.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 5, 1985

Twins Kelly and Kasey Pilcher and Amy and Kerry Inkwell took grand champion honors in the junior dance competition at the Colorado State Fair with their “Double Vision” routine.

Opening day enrollment was up in Eagle County School District. Some 2,162 students were enrolled.

Bud Gates and Nina Terry reigned as kind and queen of the Eagle County Pioneer Picnic.

Quarterback John Harris and the offensive line featuring Travis Bryant, Mike Guseman, Mike Rodriguez, Loren Stull, and Todd Hennessy led the Devils to a 27-13 victory over Moffat County.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 11, 1975

The Eagle County School Board agreed to build a new elementary school in Vail.

The EVHS Future Farmers of America chapter brought home a pile of awards from the Colorado State Fair. Big winners included Susan Piel, Tom Qualls, Rod Schlegel, Lonnie Ward, Charlotte Norman, Tony Satterfield, Rod Seymour, Rowdy Wood, Tom Toomer and Perry Eaton.

EVHS football players Ray Conway and Jeff Blair shared defensive Player of the Week honors. George Gerard was the offensive Player of the Week.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 9, 1965

A 150-pound mountain lion was killed when hit by a train near Dotsero.

Eagle County School District reported an opening day enrollment of 1,438 students.

Two Minturn men, Mike Moore and Sam Tatham, climbed the Mount of the Holy Cross. At the summit they found a plaque and a scroll featuring the names of climbers from all over the United States.

Local amateur artists Shirley Shelton, Jane Long, Jo Ann Randall and Grace Eaton won awards at the Glenwood Springs Art Festival.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 15, 1955

Eagle’s downtown was thriving with the Sleepy-U Motel launching an expansion and the Cramp Store being torn down to make space for a new, modern business building. Further west, an apartment building was under construction at the Montgomery Ranch. A lumber business was also building in Eagle, with its new structure located on the mesa east of town.

Fire Warden Walt Forster warned that fire danger was high.

Justice of the Peace Grace Cowden fined a Denver couple $150 for exceeding their bag limit of trout after a visit to Yeoman Park.

Three Eagle kids —Dick Allen, Terry Ann Lewis and Jerry McLain — were members of the freshmen class at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 14, 1945

Charles Schlegel was back home in Minturn after being discharged from the Navy. Schlegel was the pilot of an Avenger torpedo plane and he was credited with sinking five Japanese vessels.

The army awarded a Bronze Star posthumously to Pvt. Wayne Brown. Brown was the son of U.S. Forest Service Ranger W.S. Brown. He had grown up in Eagle.

Eagle County was proud to be the home of a number of four-star families — families who had four children in military service during World War II — including the Dump brothers of Red Cliff and the Shue brothers of McCoy.

Mrs. Meleta Wilson organized a new community library, housed at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. Local home demonstration clubs and the town of Eagle supported the effort.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 13, 1935

Sheriff Murray Wilson caught a pair of car thieves who had stolen a vehicle in Glenwood Springs. Acting on a tip from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson waited for the thief to arrive in Eagle and then make the arrest.

Lefty Bock, pitcher for the Eagle baseball team, was in rare form in a 8-0 win over Red Cliff.

Carl Forster sold 508 lambs at the Denver market.

Thieves broke into the Minturn Mercantile Company, stealing $7, the cash register and a large quantity of cigarettes.

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