Timelines

Timeline of Events

Date

Year

Event

February 21

1836

Robert Bowne Minturn born in New York

 

1849

Ute and Arapahoe conflict on Battle Mountain

 

1879

Town of Clinton, now called Gilman, forms

 

1881

Talamage family builds first house in Minturn

 

1882

George G. Booco builds cabin near the depot

 

1885

Road from Leadville, Red Cliff and Gilman reaches Minturn

 

1886

Town of Clinton renamed Gilman, after Henry Gilman, superintendent of Iron Mask Mine

 

1886

Six-stall roundhouse built
First Depot constructed

April 3

1887

Kingston Townsite appears on the railroad map

May 1

1887

Booco's Station replaces Kingston Townsite on railroad maps

June 1

1887

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad arrives in Minturn, renamed for Robert B. Minturn, a shipping millionaire responsible for raising the money to bring the rails west

December 15

1889

Robert Bowne Minturn dies

 

1890

Minturn population is approximately 191

 

1891

First store opened in Minturn by Pierce and Richmond called the Minturn Mercantile Second depot constructed

 

1891-92

Minturn Messenger newspaper published by F.H. Davis and T.D. Peirce

 

1892

First school is built at 225 Pine Street
Miss Phifield is teacher for all grades

Winter

1892

Great fire destroys several downtown buildings

 

1892-93

Eagle Eye newspaper published by George and David Fownes

January - May

1899

Record snows block trains from running; coldest recorded winter in town history

 

1900

Minturn population rises to 428 residents

 

1901

W.H. Luby opens The Saloon

September

1904

George G. Booco donates large parcel of land to the town

September 5

1904

Updated school opens 243 Boulder Street, at the current location of old town hall; fifty students attend classes with Miss Secil Taylor and Miss Annabelle Herron

October 29

1904

Frank Steacy elected mayor; six trustees elected in first town election

November 15

1904

First town council meets; Minturn incorporated; Salaries set for marshall at $30 per month, clerk for $10 per month, treasurer for $5 per month, town attorney for $40 per month

 

1905

Holy Cross National Forest established with headquarters in Red Cliff

March 16

1908

Shopmen for the D&RG Railroad strike

 

1908

Ford introduces the Model T

 

1909

Squires Hotel built

 

1912

Empire Zinc Company consolidates private mining claims to form the Eagle Mine at Gilman
100-foot Turntable installed in railyard to turn larger engines

 

1913

Water lines laid from Cross Creek into town
St. Patrick's Parish is built 
Rio Grande Engine crashes through Roundhouse

 

1914

World War I begins

December 6

1915

Y.M.C.A., now known as the International Trade Center, dedicated
Empire Zinc Division of the New Jersey Zinc Co. buys Eagle Mine at Gilman

May

1917

Minturn United Presbyterian Church opens at Toledo and Main Streets with 21 members

 

1917

Sidewalks laid along Main Street

 

1919

Treaty of Versailles ends World War I

 

1920s

Isabell and Nelson homesteads make Minturn the lettuce capital of the United States

 

1922

Pipefitters and mechanics strike against the D&RG Railroad until October 1924

August 7

1924

Minturn wired with electricity, courtesy of Public Service of Colorado

August 22

1924

State's experimental farm grand opening

April 6

1926

State proposes Hwy. 24 through Minturn; town trustees oppose proposed path
Cemetery bridge replaced
Sunday amusements (such as movies and dancing) prohibited by Ordinance

July

1927

First organized pilgrimage to Mt. of the Holy Cross

June

1928

New 120-foot Turntable built to accommodate 3600-series engines

 

1929

New York Stock Market crashes

 

1930s

Self-contained refrigerated rail cars eliminate need for ice house in Minturn

 

1933

Rod and Gun Club leases what is now known as Bolt's Lake for public fishing, swimming, tennis and golf
Prohibition ends in the United States

April

1936

Katherine Mack elected first female mayor of Minturn; Nellie Young elected as first female council member

 

1936

U.S. Highway 24 completed over Battle Mountain

 

1936

Cosma Serna moves Rock Creek settlers to Taylor Street in Minturn

 

1938-42

Minturn Booster newspaper published every Friday by Roy Simpson

 

1939

World War II begins

 

1940

Gondolas packed with ore run loose along the tracks, all the way to Edwards.  Red Cliff Bridge built over Belden Canyon.  Highway 24 completed through Minturn (connecting the town to the east over Tennessee Pass.) 
Red Cliff Bridge built over Belden Canyon
Highway 24 completed through Minturn, connecting the town to the east over Vail Pass

 

1940s

Many young mineworkers are protected from the draft by providing contract metals for the efforts in World War II

 

1941

Cinder block school at 302 Pine Street built.  
Water tank on Nelson Avenue hillside built. 
Holy Cross National Forest headquarters moved to Minturn

December 5

1941

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor

 

1942

Camp Hale constructed as a temporary training camp for 10th Mountain Division

 

1943

Bill Burnett drafted into World War II

November 11

1944

D-Day

June

1946

Bill Burnett returns from an overseas assignment in the Philippines

 

1950

Gilman mine employs more than 450

 

1951

Color TV introduced in America

August 1

1951

U.S. Postal Service issues a stamp (designed by Minturn Postmaster) with a picture of the Mt. of the Holy Cross; large parade and ceremonies brought 2,000 visitors, including the Postmaster General Pearson and former Governor John C. Vivian

August

1954

Unionized mineworkers strike in Gilman for 52 days

 

1956

Steam locomotives replaced with diesel; Roundhouse torn down in railyard

 

1959

Minturn votes to join county school district RE-50J
United Steelworks of America strike at Gilman for 6 months

 

1960s

Railroad strike

December

1962

Vail Ski Area opens

 

1963

JFK assassinated

December

1964

Battle Mountain High School completed at Maloit Park on land leased from the school district

 

1965

U.S. troops sends troops to Vietnam

 

1966

New Jersey Zinc Company sells to Gulf and Western Industries

 

1967

Construction of Interstate 70 begins

 

1968

Walter Madrid first Mexican-American elected to Minturn Town Board

 

1969

Neil Armstrong becomes first man to land on the moon

 

1970

Vail Associates buys Meadow Mountain and Grouse Creek from Jack Oleson for $3 million and closes the small ski area there

 

1971

Vail Associates proposes expanding ski area for 1976 Olympics
United States Forest Services purchases Meadow Mountain from Vail Associates

 

1973

U.S. pulls troops out of Vietnam

 

1974

Richard Nixon resigns as President

January 18

1974

Beverly and Robert Storm open the Whistle Stop Inn, Motel & Restaurant

 

1975

Battle Mountain High School closes at Maloit Park; new Battle Mountain High School completed at Eagle-Vail

June 30

1975

Taylor Addition annexed to Minturn

 

1976

Town of Minturn offices open in old school building at 302 Pine St.

December 16

1977

Gilman mine shuts down, laying off 154 miners leaving 7 to work on clean up

 

1978

Minturn Middle School built at Maloit Park
Construction begins on the Beaver Creek ski area
Manpower Training and Developing Program implemented to train workers for new jobs

Summer

1978

Colorado Mountain College leases and remodels old high school at Maloit Park
Little Oklahoma (South Minturn) annexed to Minturn

 

1981

Personal computers introduced by IBM

 

1985

EPA lists Eagle Mine on National Priority list, declared Superfund Site

 

1986

Colorado Mountain College ends lease with school district RE-50J for Maloit Park

April 6

1982

Minturn adopts home rule government, first town manager hired

September 12

1990

MM IV level earthquake felt in Minturn; four more earthquakes hit Colorado that week

May

1991

Old Minturn Movie Theater at 201 Main Street demolished

 

1992

Cold War ends

 

1993

Movie shot in Belden Canyon (Tall Tales - Disney)

 

1996

Several rental houses demolished to build The Enclave

 1996Minturn Community Fund was formed.  Their first event was the Live In Minturn Concert Series.

 

1997

Railroad Tennessee Pass line shutdown through Minturn

 

1998

Water lawsuit settled with Vail Associates

Summer

1998

Minturn Market opens on Saturdays

 

2000

New town center and post office completed at 302 Pine Street

February 2

2002

Winter Olympic torch goes through Minturn
Minturn joins the Eagle River Fire Protection District

 

2003

New fire station is completed
New public works building completed near Cemetery
Riverview Cemetery is expanded and improved

 2003Radio Free Minturn was introduced
 2005Little Beach Park and Amphitheater was constructed
 2009Town adopts Community Master Plan
 2013The Minturn Community Gardens space is created
 2014Town created Economic Development Advisory Committee
September2016Town adopts Economic Development Strategic Plan
November2017Town adopts Energy Action Plan

Timeline of Mayors

Dates

Name

Major Accomplishments

1904 - 1912

Frank Steacy

Adopted first charter and ordinances; 
Built first school at 225 Pine St.
Buried in Minturn (1918)

1912 - 1914

Robert A. Bryant

Laid first water lines

1914 - 1929

C.A. Wilcox

Laid first sidewalks; Electricity comes to town; 
Cemetery Bridge condemned; town opposes proposed route of Highway 24 through town;
Sunday amusements (such as movies and dancing) prohibited
Buried in Minturn (1935)

1929 - 1932

Leon Clare Graham

Cemetery Bridge and Eagle River Bridge completed
Died of accidental shooting; buried in Minturn (1938)

1932 - 1936

Chris Hick

Community building plans drawn up

1936 - 1937

Katherine Mack

Minturn joins Colorado Municipal League; streets repaired; 
Taylor addition annexation first comes up but is dropped because of no cooperation from the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

1937 - 1948

Harold Wister

Built water tank on Nelson Avenue hillside, major improvements to the water system; Cinder block school at 302 Pine Street built

1948 - 1956

Lynn Walker

Minturn enters into the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District;
Major improvements to sewer lines

1956 - 1966

Harvey Cline

Natural gas lines run throughout town; Town offices moved to old school at 243 Boulder Street; Television series filmed in town; New water tank built at Cross Creek

1966 - 1986

Harold Bellm

Served longest term as mayor in Minturn history; town offices moved to cinder block building at 302 Pine Street; New wooden water lines
laid throughout town; Taylor Avenue is annexed; South Minturn annexed; Bellm Bridge built over Eagle River; upgrades to heat
and electrical in cinder block building

1986 - 1992

Darrell Wegert

Home Rule adopted; first town manager hired; Planning and Zoning Commission created; Ironworks building receives approval

1992 - 1994

Ernie Chavez

New water, sewer and gas lines laid along Pine Street; Television series filmed in town

1994 -1998

Michael Gallagher

Hired second town manager; Partnered with Rocky Mountain Mutual 
Housing for new town center complex; cinder block building condemned;
Town offices moved back to 243 Boulder Street

1998 - 2002

Gordon (Hawkeye) Flaherty

Fired police chief; Hired third town manager; Built new town center;
Water tank on Nelson Ave. retired; New water system put in place

2002 - 2004

Earle Bidez

Completed Eagle River restoration; Built new public works facility

2004 - 2015

Gordon (Hawkeye) Flaherty

Improved drainage and paved the 200 block of Pine St.  Paved Toledo St. from Pine St. to the river, and completed curb / gutter work on Norman St. (Pine to Boulder St).  

2015 - 2019Matt Scherr100 Block Improvements.  Hired Michelle Metteer as Town Manager.  Began financing for the Highway 24 and sidewalk project.  

Present

John Widerman

Completed Highway 24 and sidewalk project.  Headed up sustainability efforts to include the Partners in Energy program, Energy Action Plan, and LED Lighting Retrofit for Town Buildings.  Also involved in increasing bus routes.