Time Machine: 50 Years Ago Vail Was Celebrated As “The Beach Resort That Is 10 Years Old”

The Christmas tree shines on Bridge Street in this vintage photo of Vail. Photo courtesy of the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical Society

5 years ago

Week of December 29, 2016

The towns of Eagle and Gypsum were to take over the maintenance of US Highway 6 between the two communities in a process called devolution.

The Town of Gypsum allocated $ 15,000 in its 2017 budget for a Costco Executive Member Rebate program. The program offered to pay residents of Gypsum 50% of the annual membership fee for new or improved executive memberships. “We want to encourage membership in this store,” said Jeremy Rietmann, Director of Economic Development at Gypsum.



10 years ago

Week of December 29, 2011

During the annual announcement of its Support for the Trail of the Year, the ECO Trails system noted that it had gone halfway to completing the Eagle Valley Trail. With 33 miles of trails built, the system still had to build 30 miles to span the entire Eagle River Valley.



The Gypsum Recreation Center has announced plans to start a Biggest Loser competition. The program included weekly weigh-ins, unlimited fitness classes, and discounted workouts.

After battling lymphoblastic leukemia for three years, Nick Luchychky, a 36-year-old Eagle resident, has passed away.

20 years ago

Week of December 27, 2001

Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputies dissolved a party involving alcohol and more than 100 minors. Local officials noted that alcohol use among adolescents is a growing problem.

The outdoor ice rink at Eagle Town Park was a favorite spot for children enjoying their Christmas vacation. Thanks to a group called the Zamboni brothers, the rink was in perfect condition.

The winners of the Gypsum Holiday Lighting competition were Randall and Linda Marner, Jeff Wolf, Chuck Coe, Joe and Debbie Schwan, Rex Bossow and Robert Mayne. George Hudspeth won the award for the most patriotic exhibition.

30 years ago

Week of January 2, 1992

Through the combined efforts of Eagle County, the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, the Greater Eagle Fire Department and a host of volunteers, an ice rink has been set up at the County Fairgrounds. A craft dubbed the Downvalley Zamboni – which consisted of a 300-gallon water tank perched on the bed of a pickup, with a spray bar dripping water – was put into service on the rink.

Bob and Shirley Shelton’s home won first place in the Town of Eagle Christmas Lighting Contest.

The community said goodbye to Marvin and Eva Hornbaker. Longtime residents owned Rueben’s Restaurant in Eagle. The Hornbakers were honored in a ceremony at the Eagle County Building.

40 years ago

Week of December 31, 1981

A record 28-inch snowfall was recorded for 24 hours on Mount Vail.

As Eagle County prepared to begin collecting its new 1% sales tax on Jan.1, a $ 6.5 million justice center, $ 3.6 million senior housing project dollars and a county airport expansion of $ 12.7 million have been identified as the county’s top three investment projects.

There was growing controversy between the developers and the Colorado Game and Fish Department regarding the proposed projects at Eby Creek Mesa and along Brush Creek. Wildlife managers argued that these areas were a critical wintering area for mule deer.

Eagle County Assessor Ella Bindley graduated from a five-day tax law seminar held at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

50 years ago

Week of December 30, 1971

“Vail, the 10-year-old seaside resort” was the theme of an upcoming birthday party. The event was scheduled for January 23-29 with parachute jumps, fireworks and “a colorful calendar of events and exhibitions that will turn the normally quiet resort into a week-long winter carnival” .

The Town of Eagle has announced that it is accepting applications from police patrol officers. Interested candidates have been invited to call Eagle Mayor Harry Long.

“Christmas 1971 was possibly one of the wettest Christmases this county has seen in a long time,” Enterprise reported. “This year, what snow we had given way to rain with the result that the ground was a muddy, soggy mess.”

The film presented at the Eagle Theater was “Love Story”, starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw.

60 years ago

Week of December 29, 1961

The Eagle Lions Club has planned its annual “Burning the Greens” party, but due to a scheduling conflict the event has been scheduled for January 4 instead of January 6-12. Skaters were invited to gather at the Eagle Town Park ice rink, with Lions offering coffee and hot chocolate.

Gypsum girls June Bertroch and Jane Walcher both broke their arms playing outside on a sunny Christmas holiday afternoon. June was sledding. Janet was skating. The two girls were taken to Glenwood Hospital by their mothers in the same car.

Renowned economist Roger W. Babson’s official forecast for 1962 stated: “There will be neither nuclear war nor total disarmament. Considerable progress could be made towards a ban on atomic weapons. “

The film presented at the Eagle Theater was “Gidget Goes Hawaiian”.

70 years ago

Week of December 27, 1951

A team of judges from Glenwood Springs awarded the Pender Residence first place in the Eagle Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lighting Contest. The Long Residence took second place and the Bridges Residence took third place.

Fundraising for the March of Dimes was due to start two weeks earlier due to the upsurge in local polio cases.

The Reverend James D. Strickland, with his wife and children, moved to Eagle to lead the congregation of the First Baptist Church.

Eagle High School alumni hosted a homecoming and New Years party at the Diamond J Lounge. The event was to start with a smorgasbord at 7:00 p.m., followed by a dance at 9:30 p.m.

80 years ago

Week of December 26, 1941

With the entry of the United States into World War II, a group of residents of Eagle County formed a Local Defense Council. Judge William Luby was elected chairman of the board. Each community in the county planned to create special committees for firefighters and first aiders.

National defense concerns culminated in the largest ever meeting for the American Legion Eagle Valley Post No. 150. The local post was planning to organize a scrap metal drive to aid in the war effort.

Eagle County Assessor George Watson said the county’s total estimated value was $ 10.2 million.

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