Time machine: Eagle started building its new town hall 20 years ago

This 1930s photo of downtown Eagle shows the empty lot on Broadway and Second Street that first became Central Park and eventually became the site of Eagle Town Hall.
Photo courtesy of the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle Clounty Historical Society

5 years ago

Week of April 7th, 2016

Eagle County Regional Airport welcomed its 8 millionth passenger since it began commercial air service on March 29, 1989. During that first commercial season, 277 passengers traveled to the Eagle County facility. Until 2015, the airport served more than 320,000 passengers annually.

The city of Gypsum announced the entertainment program for the 2016 Gypsum Daze celebration. The planned headliner was Hunter Hayes.

Abundant snowfall caused Vail Resorts to postpone the rest day for Vail Mountain.

10 years ago

Week of April 7th, 2011

Two local designers – Michelle Anderson and Alise Hornbecker – competed against each other at the Western Slope Home Show wine and design event. The two women designed specially created showrooms for the Eagle River Center event and a raffle offered one lucky winner to equip the model rooms.

The Eagle Valley High School baseball team shared a double header with the Moffat County Bulldogs.

20 years ago

Week of April 5, 2001

The construction of the new Eagle Town Hall took over Central Park – a small green space on the corner of Second Street and Broadway.

Volunteer recruitment efforts have been made for the new community-built playground at Eagle Ranch.

Carly Fackler, 9, submitted the winning entry to name Eagle’s new toy store. Her suggestion was Kidtopia.

30 years ago

Week April 11, 1991

A group of Edwards residents protested the plan to build a new softball / soccer field complex next to the Eagle County Fairgrounds. When the Western Eagle County’s Metropolitan Recreation District Board held a meeting to present the plan, Edwards group members said they would not support building facilities in Eagle until the Rec District built something in their community. “If you want to take our money, we want the facilities here,” said Homestead developer Bob Warner.

Meanwhile, members of the Gypsum City Council have rejected a resolution to leave the WECMRD after meeting officials from the Rec district. The city and district have drawn up a plan to pass the spending on equipment on to gypsum.

During the National Library Week, some residents announced what they were reading. Sally Metcalf of Eagle had just finished Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth and was preparing to launch The Eight. Dan Reynolds of Gypsum read Tony Hillerman’s “Listening Woman”. Eagle Mayor Bill Cunningham said he was making his way through Chapter 12 of the Eagle Town Code.

40 years ago

Week April 9, 1981

Developers representing Eighty Eight Acres LLC and Kaibab Industries abandoned their plans for two residential projects in the town of Eagle. Originally, they envisaged 591 residential lots on Brush Creek Terrace and the old sawmill to the east of town. The developers blamed density problems and numerous plan revisions as reasons for rejecting their proposals.

In response, the City of Eagle cited issues with the development proposals, including plans for independent water treatment plants.

An Eagle County School Board enrollment campaign was launched after members of the Eagle County Teachers Union found incumbents Helen Fritch of East Vail and David Mott of Wolcott ran unopposed.

An Edwards man and his wife traveling at 90 km / h could not successfully navigate the corner of Grand Avenue and Broadway in Eagle. “According to the police, the driver bled a lot and the car was ruined,” reported the Enterprise. But immediately after the accident, inmates managed to have a cocktail at Jack’s before the police arrived.

Nancy Nickerson, a former map librarian at Central Washington University and Oregon State University, was the new owner of The Strawberry Patch flower and gift store in downtown Eagle.

50 years ago

Week of April 8th, 1971

A fire of unknown origin destroyed three mobile homes and damaged two other homes in Edwards Trailer Park. No injuries were reported in the incident, but one of the burn victims said their Siamese cat ran away after the fire. She asked anyone who managed to catch the cat to give her a call.

The deadline for petitions from Eagle County School Board candidates was fast approaching, and only one competitive race had developed. Lloyd Eichler was supposed to face Ralph Boynton for the Eagle seat.

The film shown at the Eagle Theater was “South Pacific” with Mitzy Gaynor. At the Minturn Theater the feature was “You Shoot Horses, Don’t You?” with Jane Fonda.

60 years ago

Week April 6, 1961

“The Vail Pass and its treacherous and dangerous grades created four more accidents this week,” proclaimed the Enterprise. No accidental injuries were reported.

McCoy’s Ernest Shue has been named Seaman of the Month by his commanding officer at Rota, Spain.

Eagle restaurants encouraged local residents to dine during the Easter break. Diamond J was planning a special smorgasbord, Harrison’s Café was promoting a steak dinner, and High’s Steak House was planning a buffet lunch.

The film shown at the Eagle Theater was “North to Alaska” with John Wayne.

70 years ago

Week of April 5th, 1951

A 16-year-old Denver kid tried twice to break out of Eagle County Jail following his arrest in March for a break-in at the Diamond J Cafe. On his first attempt, the young man tried to crawl through a hole in the prison administration and he remained hidden for about an hour while a nationwide escape bulletin was issued.

His second attempt was more successful, but it took less time. He knocked on a hole in the ceiling of his cell and crawled across the attic of the courthouse to a trap door. The youth and an accomplice managed to hot-wire a car belonging to the court overseer and get out of Eagle, but they were quickly arrested and taken back to jail.

80 years ago

Week of April 4, 1941

Eagle County Young Citizens League members dramatized the life of Colorado pioneer Horace Tabor during a special state history event.

Elton Beardon also performed for the event but defied the trend of depicting the life and times of a famous resident. Instead, he told the story of Spring Creek John, the state’s first stagecoach driver.

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