Boulder: A Sense of Time and Place Revisited

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Journey with Silvia Pettem through Boulder’s history in Boulder: A Sense of Time & Place Revisited. Watch the evolution from a frontier mining town to the “Athens of the West.” Learn of murder and bootleggers in the 1920s, survive the Great Depression and follow Boulder’s postwar growing pains as the city matures and residents reflect on its past. Each article is a story in itself but only a small piece of what makes Boulder the city it is today.
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Overview

Journey with Silvia Pettem through Boulder’s history in Boulder: A Sense of Time & Place Revisited. Watch the evolution from a frontier mining town to the “Athens of the West.” Learn of murder and bootleggers in the 1920s, survive the Great Depression and follow Boulder’s postwar growing pains as the city matures and residents reflect on its past. Each article is a story in itself but only a small piece of what makes Boulder the city it is today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299740
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,411,742
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Silvia Pettem’s roots are in the East, but her heart—and passion for writing about history—is in the West. During her forty-year career as a writer, researcher and historian, she’s written a local history newspaper column, has authored more than a dozen books and has served on nearly every historically related board in Boulder, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Part I Pre-1900

Bleak Holiday Inspired Christmas Spirit 11

Boulder's Early Settlers Were Avid Fruit Growers 13

The Colorado Central Was Boulder's First Railroad 15

Boulder's Landscape Delighted Early Journalists 17

Journalist Bixby Was on the Scene During University's First Year 19

Freight Wagons Took Off for the Mines 21

Flood of 1894 Was the Worst in Boulder's History 22

Underground Architecture Disproves Urban Legend 24

Cereal Thriller: Kellogg Brought Health Food to Boulder 26

Boulder's Red-Light District Eventually Faded Away 28

Part II Into the Twentieth Century

Boulder County Was Once Known for Its Oil 31

Rischar's Orchestra Played in Residence at Chautauqua 33

Fourth of July Enthusiastically Celebrated by Residents 35

The "Perfect Tree" Was a Popular Tourist Destination 37

Boulder Called Itself the "Athens of the West" 39

Arsonists Shook Up the Town 41

Boulderado Dining Room Marks One Hundred Years 43

CU Medical School Cadavers Buried in Columbia Cemetery 45

Olmsted Jr. Aimed for Order and Hoped for Beauty 47

Part III Teens and Twenties

Western States Cutlery Was One of Boulder's Early Industries 49

Boulder Residents Weathered the "Big Snow" of 1913 51

Courthouse Statue Honors Civil War Soldiers 53

Electric Commuter Trains Thrived a Century Ago 55

Mission Revival-Style Architecture Still Evident in Boulder 57

Flu Claimed Boulder's Only Female World War I Casualty 59

Officer Cobb's Death Is Boulder's Longest Unsolved Homicide 61

Cigar-Store Indian's Missing Hand Remains a Mystery 63

Mom and Pop Grocery Stores Served Boulder Neighborhoods 65

Road of Remembrance Is Nearly Forgotten 67

Part IV Depression and World War II

Bootlegging Thrived When Boulder Was Dry 69

County Records Survived Courthouse Fire 71

Disaster Averted in Run on National State Bank 73

Art Deco Art Is Part of Downtown Boulder 75

Mickey Mouse Decorations Drew Shoppers Downtown 76

Minnie and Jake Stirred Controversy at Boulder High 79

Valmont Mill Enriched Boulder's Economy 81

Interesting Facts Painting Helped Promote Boulder 83

Pearl Harbor Hit Home at Boulder High 85

V-J Day Celebrated with Street Gatherings and Parade 87

Part V Postwar Era

Students and Sweethearts Called Vetsville Home 91

The Chautauqua Mesa Ski Area Was in Boulder's Backyard 93

Crime-Scene Investigation Was Highlight of Boulder Crime School 95

Jingle-Writing Sisters Were Frequent Contest Winners 97

There Was Plenty to Drink When Boulder Was "Dry" 99

Dial Day Came to Boulder in 1954 101

Easter 1954 Tempered by Fear of Nuclear Age 103

Pink Poodle Posse Members Were Goodwill Ambassadors 105

Harvest House Hotel "In Harmony" with Boulder 107

Postwar Growth Brought Suburban Shopping Centers 109

Part VI Sixties, Seventies and Beyond

Stories on a Park Bench Recall the Past 113

Rocket Ship Honors Hometown Hero Scott Carpenter 115

Life Was a "Carnival" for Boulder's Vegetarian Community 117

Altissimo Orchestra Took Classical Music to New Heights 119

Boulder Called a Counterculture Haven in 1980 122

Mall Crawl a Big Deal While It Lasted 124

Writing on the Wall Intrigued Professor 126

Elaura Jaquette Remembered on Her Sixty-first Birthday 128

Jane Doe Reburied in Her Former Grave 130

Casey School's Walls Recall the Past 132

Flagstaff Star Continues to Shine 133

Index 137

About the Author 143

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