Correcting the Record: Lafayette founder’s wishes honored in street name — again

From the Colorado Hometown News, Feb. 7, 2015:

For nearly five months, the Gough Avenue sign in Lafayette resident Bob Jencks’ window contradicted the name of the street running next to his house.

Jencks propped the sign up as a sentimental decoration after it was removed from the corner across from his home in September.

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Local Myths: Was town founder Mary Miller a legendary pie baker?

In a 1912 interview with the Boulder County Miner newspaper, Mary Miller said that the circus from Cheyenne came through the pre-Lafayette area in 1869, when she and Lafayette Miller operated the Miller Tavern saloon and stage stop. This was located a mile south of today’s Lafayette where the current Rock Creek Open Space is located at U.S. 287 and Dillon Road. Mary said she and her brother, James B. Foote, “made hot biscuit, opened canned vegetables and gave them lots of milk and cream,” but did not mention pie-baking.

Mary’s grandson, Frank Miller, said in a 1968 presentation at a local school that “there were several experiences at the stage station and one in particular I should tell is when the circus came through from Cheyenne one time and camped there overnight. My grandmother had an orchard, and she baked 100 pies that day and got $1 a pie and sold them as soon as they were taken from the oven.”

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The 1927 Columbine Mine Massacre: Trouble in Serene

A 1921 panorama of the Columbine Mine call camp at Serene, located five miles northeast of Lafayette, Colo. Photo courtesy the Lafayette Public Library.

THEY’VE torn down Serene. During 1972 and 1973 the remaining buildings were systematically torn down for salvage. Serene joined the hundreds of other Colorado ghost towns that are only memories.

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Waneka Lake built in 1865 at the site of a natural spring

Waneka Lake shown during expansion in about 1906. The steam-powered electrical generation plant in the background (on the south edge of the lake) was also under construction. Photo courtesy City of Lafayette.

Lafayette’s most popular outdoor recreation destination is the city-owned Waneka Lake, a man-made reservoir situated in Waneka Lake Park at West Emma Street and Caria Drive.

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Mary Miller ‘only woman in the United States known to be the president of a bank’

Bank President

Mrs. Mary E. Miller of this place is the only woman in the United States known to be the president of a bank. It is the Lafayette bank, located here, which she practically owns and manages. Other women are known to have charge of departments and occupy minor fiduciary positions in large banks, but none to own, officer and manage a bank of her own. Her son, George, is vice president, her son, James, is cashier, and his wife, Elizabeth, is assistant cashier, so that it is distinctly a “Miller bank.” It has now been in operation over two years.

From the Lafayette News,
December 13, 1902

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