Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 11, 1976 · Page 29
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Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, March 11, 1976
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Thurs., March 11, IS7« GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 25 Weld towns show interesting and colorful history Maybe Centennial, the fictional Weld County lown in James' Mlchener's novel "Centennial" never existed, but many of the county's towns had interesting and colorful histories. And looking back into the history of the county, the railroads played a vital role in Its settling. On Dec. 13, 1863, the Daily Colorado Tribune in Denver carried a story from Evans heralding the completion of the Denver Pacific Railroad from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Evans. The story read in part: "There is a grand celebration here tonight. Bristow's hotel is illuminated and Denver Street is alive with enthusiasm. The railroad was completed here today about noon." That brief paragraph gave a little sprinkle of Evans' history -- it was a railroad town. It was also the first town in the county to be platted. It was named for Gov. John Evans. Platted Nov. 22, law, It soon became the county seat. Located on land owned by the Denver Land Co., a subsidiary of the Denver Pacific Railroad, the plat was filed by David H. Moffatt Jr., and signed by Samuel P. Ashcraft and A. H. Smith. The town grew rapidly at first and was the terminal of the railroad from December, 1N9, until the railroad was completed into Denver in June 1870. As the terminal, Evans received much equipment for the gold mines and supplies for the mining camps and Denver. It also served as the shipping point for gold and other minerals exported from Colorado. While Evans was enjoying its boom, things were happening which would later lead to its downfall as the supreme city of the plains. In February 1870, a committee left New York to find a site for Union Colony. They chow a location about four miles north of Evans and the word went back east and colonists began arriving to settle Greeley. By the time some of the streets of Greeley had been laid out, Evans was already feeling a recession .because the railroad had been completed to Denver and Evans was no longer the terminal. Many of the settlers left for Denver after hauling their houses to Greeley and selling to newcomers. J. H. Pinkerlon.'a member of the original Union Colonist group had a falling out with the settlers and went to St. Louis where he helped found the St. Louis Western Colony and he along with Rev. A. C. Todd brought the new settlement to Evans in 1871. Articles of incorporation were filed with the Weld County clerk on March 15, 1871. As in the case of Greeley's charter, the new colony forebade the manufacture or BIG TIRE LOW PRICE Goodyear Wide Tread Tires for Pickups, Panels,\bns, and Campers Rib-Hi Mller wide tread has a deep 5-rib Iread design for long, low-cost mileage, buttressed shoulders for stability. 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One rough fellow rode his horse into Hart's saloon and tried to clean the place out, but when Charley drew his pistol, the fellow concluded the place did not need cleaning so much as he at first supposed." When Weld County was established by the territorial legislature in 1861, St. Vrain, near present Platterille was designated county seat. Previously it had been the county seat of St. Vrain County, an area surrounding Ft. St. Vrain. In 1867 the county seal was moved to Fort Latham, a stage station on the south side of the Platte River east of the present Greeley and Evans. In 1869 when the railroad ended at Evans, the county commissioners moved the county seat there. In 1871 Greeley was incorporated and within two months, Greeley petitioned the county commissioners to call a county scat election. The results of the election touched off a six-year battle between the two towns. Greeley lost the election because of an alleged political "double cross." After years of county-wide bickering, Greeley finally became permanent county seat after elections in 1877. As to the former courthouse in Evans, it burned to the ground in 1880 after it had been converted to house private businesses. Some said the courthouse wasn't burned -- it was stolen. Au-us tlie river, south from Evans, another railroad town sprang into existence. La Salle, named after the famous La Salle Street railroad station in Chicago, was founded with the completion of the railroad there from Julesburg on the mainline of the Union Pacific in 1881. La Salle was mainly a railroad center until about 1886. In 1890 D. S. Ellis came to La Salle and began farming. At that time only a depot, section house, coal chute, a pump housei a two-room school and a cafe existed. UK; luwn was platted wi Sept. 1,1891, and incorporated March 21. 1910 by W. S. Kimsey, Phil OUTSIDE INSIDEwiththe SCifl GARDEN TM It's a beautiful new three dimensional plant place that brings ligh', air and sunshine into your home. With ther- mopane glass. available from Western Home Improvement 310 North nth Avenue 353-1603 See our booth at the Garden, Home and Recreation Show. We'll have Sun Garden windows, electric insect controls, storm doors and windows, patios and awnings! Dale, T. W. Olsen, 0. D. Cooke and John Bentley. Its first mayor was Jama A. Stwart. In 1909 a car construction plant was planned by the railroad at La Salic, the foundation wai laid for the new roundhouse and the line from La Salle to Fort Colllm was surveyed. In 1913, the Tribune reported that La Salle was the only town In the county without a marshal and one wasn't needed. That same year, the town got its first street lights. Gilcrest was established as the station Nantes when the Denver and Pacific was extended between Evans and Denver in 1870. The town was laid out in 1908 and incorporated March 12, 1912. It was named after J. K. Gilcrest who later served in the state legislature. In 1905, W. F. Mines built a store there near the railroad and in 1907, Frank McCarty, W. W. Rogers and F. S. Miller started a townsite company and in 1908 laid out the town. They hired a Union Pacific (the Denver Pacific had since been sold to UP) car and took residents of the area to Denver to plead with railroad officials lo build a depot. Gilcrest replaced McCarty on Continued on page 30 NORTHERN COLORADO GARDEN. HOME RECREATION SHOW ;/ START \M THINKING lMKr ABOUT Now is the time to start thinking about Spring. We will have many displays and exhibits that will trigger your Spring "fancies." Friday, March 12 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 13 12-9 p.m. Sunday, March 14 12-6 p.m. WELD COUNTY EXHIBITION BUILDING Island Grove Park Buy now for extra value! ford Dealer Limited Edition Sale Explorer Special Pickups up to Bright box fills or ropt lit-downs. Special melilllc paint: jadt, green and copper. Bumper guards and rub llrlpt. (Truck shown with white sldewalls $40 extra, and rear bumper 560 etlra.) Special wheel covert. Bright swing-lock mirrors. Distinctive Eiplorer tape strlpet, bright moldings. Now--major discounts on Limited Edition Explorer Pickups equipped with the features you want. Choice of regular cab, SuperCab, 4-wheel drive. Plus Ranchero and Bronco. All the features shown above--and more --are included with every Ford Explorer Special Pickup. Then you add the options you want: power steering and Cruise-0-Matic ... air conditioning and tinted glass. Altogether, you can get a total of $201 off list price on Explorer Special models. Buy now for extra value at your Ford Dealer Limited Edition Sale. Quantities are limited. Discounts on power steering and Ctuise-0-Matic Nearly everybody wants his pickup equipped with these popular options. Now you can get them at rock-bottom prico. Discounts on air conditioning Add air and the sticker price reduction is a total of $201.' See your dealer lor his terms. jggcMod rollil lied to special · FORD 93 out of 100 of all Ford Trucks built in the last 12 years are still on the job. |R. L. Polk 4 Co. figures) GARNSEY WHEELER CO. 11008th Avenue Greeley, Colorado

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