Coal Giants presentation March 15

March 15 presentation by Doug Conarroe

The Louisville Historical Museum will be hosting a March 15 talk by Doug Conarroe featuring the history of the prominent coal companies that owned most of the coal mines in Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Superior and Marshall. The talk is titled “Coal Giants: History of United Coal Co., Northern Coal Co. and Rocky Mountain Fuel Co.” and will start at 7 p.m. at the Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street in Louisville. See you there.

Full size “Coal Giants: History of United Coal Co., Northern Coal Co. and Rocky Mountain Fuel Co.” flyer here (in PDF).

Lafayette’s nearby neighbor, Irvington

The Town of Irvington, platted in 1905 east of Lafayette, Colorado.

Homes and retail establishments east of pre-Lafayette were scarce. Until Lafayette businesses were established in 1889 and 1890, pioneer families such as the Barrowmans and Harmons followed a trail along Coal Creek to buy provisions in Louisville. Barrowmans owned or farmed most of the land east of Lafayette along Coal Creek. Their farm house was located about where today’s Lafayette Water Reclamation plant sits at County Line Road and Highway 7.

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Local history books available for purchase at Lafayette, Louisville museums

The second edition of Carolyn Conarroe’s 1978 book “Louisville Story” can be purchased at the Louisville Historical Museum, 1001 Main Street in Louisville, open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. One hundred percent of the proceeds from each sale is donated to the Louisville History Foundation.

Doug Conarroe’s 2017 book “80026: An illustrated History of Lafayette, Colo. — 1829-1929” can be purchased at the Lafayette Miner’s Museum, 108 E. Simpson in Lafayette. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Twenty percent of proceeds of each sale goes to the Lafayette Historical Society.

History Lost: Louisville’s historic Hecla Casino razed by Balfour Senior Living

The Hecla Casino pictured about 1911 at the Hecla Mine, located at what is now the northeast side of Louisville, Colorado. Courtesy Lafayette Public Library.

In the last few months, Balfour Senior Living of Louisville, Colorado, demolished and hauled the historic Hecla Casino to the landfill.

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Reprints: 1964 – Lafayette’s new school brings back old memories

The second Baseline School built in 1904 at Baseline and Iowa. Photo from the Lafayette Public Library.

The opening of the new grade school (Lafayette Elementary on Bermont Avenue) today, February 24, brings back memories of the opening of the new school or should I say old grade school on an October day in 1904.

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