Erik Mason shared with our club a few of the many memorable stories of Longmont’s colorful history, as outlined in his book, Longmont: The first 150 Years.   Through text and nearly 300 historic photographs, this book tells the stories of the many people who have called Longmont home. It is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley.

This year Longmont is celebrating its 150th anniversary.  The land that Longmont now sits on, was once the ancestral home of the Cheyenne, Ute and Arapaho Indians.  Longmont’s origins started with the Chicago-Colorado Colony.  Longmont’s agricultural hub fostered flour mills, a vegetable cannery, and a sugar factory, laying the foundation for its present day varied business enterprises.  

Longmont: The First 150 Years is available for purchase at the Longmont Museum's Gift Shop at 400 Quail Road and also available to borrow through the Longmont Library!

 
Pumpkin Pie Days always included lots of coffee, as evidenced by this life size urn. This annual event eventually morphed into the Boulder County Fair. 
In 1937 Genevieve Johnson stages a sit-down strike for alimony in front of her x-husbands house.  This 16 day event garnered national attention.  
In 1990, Cheaper Charlie's Shed, located on 9th and Hover became a community message board.  
This United Airlines crash happened near Longmont on November 1, 1955.  No crowd control here as citizens walked around without restriction.