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Time Machine: A look back at past decades in the Vail Valley

Ed Rodgers, Chester Tolbey and Bill Robertson saddle up for a fishing trip along the Piney in this 1923 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and EagleCounty Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Aug. 11, 2016

Castle Peak Senior Life in Eagle announced plans to welcome its first assisted living residents by late September.

The town of Gypsum hired Jeremy Rietman as its new economic development director.

The local Three Rivers Little League 13- and 14-year-old all star team was headed to the regional tournament in New Mexico. The team included Joey Beveridge, Dillon Flaagan, Garrett Anderson and Jake Ticer, from Eagle.

5 years ago

Week of Aug. 9, 2012

More than 500 people and 100 dogs attended the Canine Carnival at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The weekend event included a doggie dash, dock dogs competition and an agility course. Additionally, several hounds earned American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Awards.

A week after heavy rain caused flood damage along Sweetwater Road, the area was again hit by rain and mudslides. A rock slide closed the Colorado River Road near mile marker 19.

The Eagle Valley Pirates took second place honors in the Valley Youth League Tournament.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 7, 2007

Kasey Bair raised the Grand Champion Market Beef and Market Lamb at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo Junior Livestock Sale. Kayle VanCampen raised the grand champion market hog and Tony Carty raised the grand champion market turkey.

A September construction start was planned for a new phase of senior citizen apartments in Eagle. Located south of the existing Golden Eagle Apartments, the new units were called Seniors on Broadway.

Charles Gross was found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Maria Madrid at a campsite near Dotsero in 2006. Gross shot and killed Madrid over an argument concerning trash at the campground. Madrid’s husband, Eliseo, and her 14-year-old son, Joel, were present when she was shot.

Eagle Ranch managing partner Gary Martinez announced he would be leaving East West Partners to become Summit County manager.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 7, 1997

The Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the Eagle Ranch concept plan. The proposal called for 1,100 residential units, an 18-hole golf course, a 145-acre community park, an elementary school site and a limited commercial development.

A seven-member group of investors headed by John Bourassa purchased the Diamond S. Ranch located east of Eagle.

Jared Wood was Grand Champion and Philip Rivera was Reserve Grand Champion at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo 4-H round robin showmanship contest.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 13, 1987

Gulf and Western Industries Inc., one of the parties named in the state of Colorado’s $50 million lawsuit over contamination from the Eagle Mine at Gilman, submitted a cleanup proposal.

Melissa King was crowned as the new Eagle County Fair & Rodeo queen. Dee Ann Jansen was selected as first attendant and Lacey Satterfield was named junior princess.

More than 100 alumni attended an Eagle County High School reunion. Phyllis Murdock of Coco, FL traveled the farthest to attend.

The Eagle Liquors team took first place in the Leadville Boom Days softball tournament.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 11, 1977

Eagle County Assessor Clair Bertroch announced he would not seek re-election. Bertroch said he wanted to retire from county government after 25 years of service.

Eagle resident Doug Abbey reported an unknown assailant fired a shotgun at his truck. The incident occurred around 6 p.m. while Abbey was traveling along a downtown alley. The blast took out a door window, penetrated a camper shell and broke a window on the rear of the camper. Abby was uninjured.

Ute Terry and Nannie Holt were named king and queen at the Eagle County Pioneers Association dinner.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 10, 1967

An 18-year-old youth spent a cold night outside after escaping from the Eagle County Jail. The young man first hid in an irrigation ditch below the Eagle cemetery and then spent a rainy night hidden in a stack of hay bales in a field east of town. The next day he made his way to the Leonard Horn Ranch and ultimately ended up at the Jouflas property in Wolcott. Sheriff Jim Seabry led a search effort and ultimately located the escapee when he flagged down a patrol car and willingly surrendered.

County Judge Richard Miller submitted his resignation and announced that he was closing his funeral home business in Eagle.

Ned Oyler, a Wyoming banker, was the new vice president at the First National Bank of Eagle County.

Jack Johnson and Ira Bindley were elected to the Eagle Sanitation District Board of Directors.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 8, 1957

Mabel Colerick celebrated her 50th birthday with a party at Fulford. A resident of California, Colerick returned to Fulford every summer to prospect around the community.

The U.S. Forest Service was seeking bids to salvage 4 million board feet of beetle-infested timber in the White River and Routt National Forests.

A crowd of 104 people showed up for the Eagle County Pioneers picnic. Luella Hazzard, 97, was crowned queen of the event.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 8, 1947

“Happy” Jack Hart suffered a broken back when he was thrown from a horse while riding near Eagle. Hart worked as a fishing guide, escorting parties to the Flat Tops.

Eagle schools were set to receive $14,000 in state funds for the coming school year.

Jack Johnson pitched one of his best games ever in a 7-4 Eagle baseball win over Aspen.

The Enterprise reported about the unique hand-written sign a hitchhiker was waving as he tried to catch a ride from Eagle to Frisco. The sign read “Absolutely your last opportunity to enjoy the company of a brilliant conversationalist.”

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 13, 1937

Cloudbursts sent tons of mud and silt into the Frying Pan River, causing hundreds of fish to die.

Local potato farmers were intrigued by a new product called a “otato.” The new product was known for its creamy texture and some growers were processing it into flour.

Some 132 local farmers participated in an agricultural conservation program organized by the Soil Conservation Board.

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