Minturn's Historical Timeline





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 organizaed pilgrammage 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 Tennesee 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 Phillipines
  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 Priortiy 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 governernment, 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
  1997 Railroad Tennesee 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

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