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No entry, Bub...

...the last through stage bound for Boulder City left some time ago, pardner! No runs today. Was this the main entrance or was it on the sunny side of the stop?

 

The Valmont Stage Stop drips with history and greatly predates the "new" 1901 cement block school. It was constructed of decent lumber along the old pioneer route to Boulder "City" and is south-west of Longmont along the auto drive of the same name. Valmont was originally the last stage stop and blacksmith shop before Boulder City was reached, Note the chimney.The area became a small agricultural center early on. It was located in the river valley and boasted good well-watered bottom land. No basements advisable here: Hugh's old well was drilled to a depth of 6 feet and provides water when wetter even though the area is riddled with gravel pits. See Crofutt. There were customer accommodations even though so close to "Boulder City." Early on it may have been larger than Boulder. Valmont was founded in 1863, soon after the early rush started. It was on the way to the "gold diggins" in the Rockies above Bouler. Soon enough, a branch of the UP coursed up the river valley and and rang the death knell for the stage. AS an insult, the railroad never even used the old stage stop but plopped down their own box to serve as a depot. Small intentions fot what was nearly a whistle stop. The new railroad drove Longmont fathers' desires but the rails only reached Frogmont some time later when bound for Cheyenne. Valmont itself was listed in Crofutt's Encyclopedia of 1885.

 

Hugh McGinty graciously allowed us to trespass and shoot the old stage stop. This historic stage stop appears to have shut the bird population outside, for now. It occupies a great spot though: location, location, location! The stop boasted meals and rooms even though the distance to Boulder on flat land was perhaps 5 miles or so but note that Valmont was larger then Boulder City in the earliest days and actually west Boulder near the mouth of the canyon to the riches, became the original train depot. It is evident that Valmont was not entirely a way station. When I get back, I hope to gather, information about the track of the old stage road and its placement in regards to the Stop.

 

I don't know if Eddie knows the history but He does have a copy of Crofutt's Grip-Sack Guide of 1885 I gave him. He has a thing for the old churches, schools and grange halls of the area. I am sure that the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection, has images of old Valmont. We ran into an old timer there and a pretty good conversation took a while to die down.

   

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Taken on April 28, 2012