Longmont  Rotary Club
May 16th, 2020
Longmont Rotary
Service Above Self
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Longmont, CO 80501
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History of Estes Park 
Bruce Davies shared history highlights of Estes Park.  Bruce provides driving tours of the nature and history of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. 
Archaeological discoveries of our Native American ancestors date back some ten thousand years, migrating through the areas we now call Estes Park.  Some of the valuable artifacts from that time can be seen at the Mahaffy Cache on the CU campus. 
The arrival of the first Euro-Americans to these valleys began in the 1790s.  Kentuckian, Joel and Patsy Estes and their 14 children traveled to this area in 1860, discovering its beauty and thinking it would be a great place for raising cattle.  The Estes family did not stay, leaving in 1866, in search for a more temperate place in which to ranch their cattle.  Others, however, soon arrived, and by 1874, the valley had been opened for settlement under the terms of the Homestead Act.  Though the first pioneer families (the MacGregors, Spragues, Jameses, Hupps, Fergusons, and Lambs among them) came to ranch and farm, most soon discovered that a more profitable living could be made by taking care of the needs of the summer visitors who arrived, in increasing numbers to vacation in this scenic area.  
The name “Estes Park” (or “Este’s Park” as it was first known), was bestowed on the valley by William Byers, founding editor of the Rocky Mountain News, in honor of its first permanent Anglo residents, Kentuckian Joel Estes and his wife Patsy.  
The Town of Estes Park was platted by Abner Sprague in 1905, surveyed out from the small group of existing buildings.  Lots sold quickly, and within a decade the footprint of the town we know today was largely in place.  Most of the town’s early infrastructure—its electricity, its water and sewerage system—came from the generosity of steam car pioneer F. O. Stanley, who had come to the Estes Valley in June 1903 hoping to recover his health. His legacy lives on most visibly in the magnificent Stanley Hotel complex overlooking the town, built between 1907 and 1909.    
Rocky Mountain National Park was established in January 1915.  Two years later, in April 1917, came the formal incorporation of the Town of Estes Park and the beginnings of local government to guide the affairs of a fast growing community.  
Joel and Patsy Estes
Enos Mills:  Climbed Longs Peak 300 times.  
F.O. Stanley, founder of the Stanley Hotel. 
Stanley also hand carved over 200 violins in his lifetime.
Local Rotary Clubs Sponsor Personal Care Products Drive 
Rotary Clubs of Longmont (Twin Peaks and Longmont Rotary) and the Niwot Rotary club are hosting a community Personal Care Products collection drive to support the needs of 4 local non-profits.  Collection bins will be set up in the community (King Soopers on  S. Hover, Pace St and ACE Hardware and Walmart on East Ken Pratt Hwy).  In Niwot the bins will be located at Niwot Market and Niwot High School.  The collection drive will be for 3 weeks, starting April 18th to May 15th.  
Longmont: The First 150 Years

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.    
Message from our Club President 

Hello Everyone,


The Rotary theme for 2020-21 is Rotary Opens Opportunities.. A key goal for the upcoming Rotary year will be how do we maintain and continue all that the club has built over the last 100+ years?  What do we need to do to maintain the club as a cohesive unit?  How do we continue to support our community through local grants and projects?  How do we continue to support Rotary International, the Foundation, and Polio plus?  Also, how do we prepare for the day when programs like RYLA are able to resume?  


A friend of mine is a multiple time cancer survivor.  He always says that tough times mean that better ones are in the future.  With that in mind, my focus will be on how we maintain what we have today, and how we prepare to transition to the other side of our current paradigm.  Longmont Rotary has a great tradition and a great group of people.  Like everything else these days, things will be a little more difficult than usual, but we can and will succeed.




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