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Burlington (Boulder County)

Added by yongli on 12/06/2017 - 12:19, last changed on 11/07/2019 - 12:07
Burlington was a small homestead community along St. Vrain Creek , near present-day Longmont . Founded in 1860 by prospector Alonzo N. Allen, Burlington was named after Burlington, Iowa. The settlement grew to a population of about 150 before the Chicago-Colorado Colony absorbed it in 1871. The...

Callahan House

Added by yongli on 07/05/2017 - 12:07, last changed on 11/07/2019 - 12:11
Built in 1892 by local businessman James K. Sweeny, the Victorian mansion at Third and Terry Streets in Longmont was acquired by Thomas and Alice Callahan, two of the city’s leading residents, in 1896. The Callahans conducted extensive renovations and additions to the home before donating it to the...

Chicago-Colorado Colony

Added by yongli on 12/06/2017 - 12:21, last changed on 11/11/2019 - 10:55
The Chicago-Colorado Colony (1871–73) established the city of Longmont near the confluence of St. Vrain and Left Hand Creeks in 1871. Financed by wealthy Chicagoans and consisting mostly of immigrants from the Midwest, the colony was an agricultural community that emphasized thrift, temperance, and...

Dickens Opera House

Added by yongli on 06/28/2017 - 13:36, last changed on 11/11/2019 - 11:52
In 1881–82 rancher and businessman William Henry Dickens built the Dickens Opera House at the corner of Third and Main Streets in downtown Longmont . The two-story opera house, with Dickens’s Farmers National Bank on the first floor and an auditorium on the second, served as an important community...

Kuner-Empson Cannery

Added by yongli on 07/05/2017 - 12:17, last changed on 11/11/2019 - 10:59
The Kuner-Empson Cannery at Third and Martin Streets in Longmont canned vegetables from farms on the northern Front Range from 1892 to 1970. Originally built by industrialist John H. Empson in 1889, the cannery was one of the first major industrial sites in Longmont and was for a time the city’s...

Longmont Carnegie Library

Added by yongli on 07/05/2017 - 12:22, last changed on 11/07/2019 - 12:06
Built in 1913, the Carnegie Library at Fourth and Kimbark Streets in Longmont served as the city’s public library until 1972, when it was remodeled to house city offices. The Longmont Carnegie Library was one of thousands of similar libraries donated to communities across the United States by steel...

Longmont College / The Landmark

Added by yongli on 07/05/2017 - 12:28, last changed on 11/07/2019 - 12:09
Built in 1886, Longmont College, also known as The Landmark, was the first institute of higher education in Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley. The Presbyterian Synod of Colorado founded the college in 1885 with plans to build a massive Italianate-style campus at the east end of Sixth Avenue, but...

Longmont Historic Districts

Added by yongli on 08/25/2017 - 11:32, last changed on 11/07/2019 - 12:05
The East and West Side Historic Districts in Longmont are located east and west of Main Street and south of Longs Peak Avenue. They contain many of the city’s earliest homes. The East Side Historic District includes 67 historic houses and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in...

William H. Dickens

Added by yongli on 12/06/2017 - 13:51, last changed on 11/11/2019 - 11:48
William Henry Dickens (c. 1842–1915) was a homestead er , farmer, and businessman in the St. Vrain valley. A prominent early citizen of Longmont , Dickens built the Dickens Opera House , established Farmers National Bank, and helped organize the Farmers Milling and Elevator Company, among other...
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