Historic Loveland Bus Tour

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                      Loveland Museum/Gallery

The Loveland Museum/Gallery offers a slide presentation – "Slides of Early Loveland" --
that can be checked out from the Museum. This presentation is an excellent starting point
for studying the history of Loveland. It lasts approximately 45 minutes. Tom
Katsimpalis, Curator of Interpretation, will present the slideshow by appointment if the
teacher would like. In addition to changing art exhibits, the Museum has permanent
exhibits pertaining to Loveland's history that can also supplement the student's

Five book published by the Loveland Museum/Gallery may be useful in preparing for the

HISTORICAL IMAGES from the Loveland Museum/Gallery Collection
A Guide to Historic Loveland
Loveland's Historic Downtown: A Guide to Buildings
Historic Loveland Churches
Stone Quarrying in Loveland's Foothills: Through the Centuries

The Historic Loveland Bus Tour lasts for two hours. Tom Katsimpalis, Curator of
Interpretation, will ride along in the bus with the group and discuss a variety of historical
locations in the area (refer to following list). The tour can be changed to include specific
information or locations at the teacher request. The group can plan to stop for lunch
during the tour if they wish.

During the bus tour, teachers are encouraged to create a worksheet for the students to fill
in. Please provide a copy of the worksheet to Tom so that he can be sure to incorporate
the necessary information into his discussion.

Alabaster Shop: This shop on the south side of Eisenhower used to be an alabaster shop.
It was owned and operated by Earl and Alta Proctor and their daughters Hazel, Gladys,
and Madge, from 1933 through the 1970s. The Proctors made and sold all kinds of
alabaster objects, including lighthouses, salt and pepper shakers, bowls, clocks,
candleholders, vases, bookends, and lamp bases. The alabaster quarry was located in
Owl Canyon, north of Fort Collins off Highway 287. Gladys Proctor donated a number
of beautiful alabaster items to the Museum in 2002. They are presently on exhibit in the
Museum’s Live on Main Street Exhibit.

Great Western Sugar Factory: In 1901 the Great Western Sugar Company built its first
factory in Loveland. 6,000 acres around it were contracted for sugar beets. It has been
estimated that during its first quarter century of production, the sugar beet industry in
Colorado reaped double the profits of Colorado’s mining industry in its first 25 years.
The sugar beet industry became the largest single industry in Northern Colorado with
plants in Fort Collins, Eaton, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Johnstown, Brighton and

In 1898, Loveland businessmen gathered in the opera hall to form a committee to
promote locating a sugar factory in Loveland. Eventually, a group of businessmen
headed by Charles Boettcher made an offer that called for Loveland to provide 1,500
acres of land, 3,500 acres of sugar beets under contract and $8,000 in cash. The
committee raised the $8,000 by auctioning off one-pound bottles of sugar from the first
100-pound sack of sugar to be produced at the factory. Highest price paid was $325.
The committee secured contract for 6,000 acres, 2,500 more that the property to celebrate
Loveland Beet Sugar Day. In the yards, 42,000 tons of harvested beets had arrived for

Large communities of Germans from Russia, and later, Japanese, Mexican and Mexican-
Americans migrated to beet towns such as Loveland to take advantage of the

The Great Western Sugar Factory closed in 1985. The silos are still used to store sugar
and are owned by Amalgamated Sugar.

The Osborn Farm: Many of the early settlers to this area were in search of gold. When
the land along the Big Thompson River proved disappointing for its lack of gold, the land
along the river filled up quickly with farms and ranches. These early settlers harvested
the native hay along the valley and sold it to the mining camps, which were in constant
need of supplies. At that time, hay brought as much as $100 a ton in the mining
communities. Soon, these farmers were also harvesting wheat, oats, beans and potatoes.

In 1860, William Baskin Osborn, who served as a judge in a miner's court near Central
City, quit his job and moved to this area. He bought 700 acres south of the river two
miles southeast of Loveland (what became Loveland in 1877) and on it built a log cabin.
His farmland, which is now adjacent to Highway 402, is still owned by the farmed by
their descendants. It is the longest continuously held deed in the state. Seven generations
of Osborn's have lived on the land. William Osborn became active in the Loveland
community and became the first judge of Larimer County, County Treasurer, and served
as assessor and on the State Board of Horticulture.

The farmhouse, at 2306 East First, was built in 1882 by his son, Milo, and called
Timberland Farm.

The Town of Old Saint Louis: The settlement of Old Saint Louis, established in 1863,
was located where Saint Louis Avenue now crosses the Big Thompson River. It
developed into a thriving village with a post office, hotel, general store, blacksmith shop,
drug store and flourmill, from which it took its name. The Mill's flour sacks carried the
name Saint Louis Flour, which proved to be an excellent marketing ploy in Denver and
the neighboring mining towns. Old Saint Louis was identified on maps at that time as
"Big Thompson," its post office designation.

The town was only 10 years old when the railroad came to the area. The townspeople
had hoped that the railroad would come through Saint Louis, but it went through several
miles west. So the residents of Old Saint Louis were quickly resigned to their fate and
many moved businesses, buildings and all, to the new town of Loveland.

622 East First Street: C.C. Bushnell, the promoter of the first Corn Roast Festival, which
occurred in 1894, built this historic home some time after 1900. This home, like other
historic houses, was originally surrounded by property. In later years, the "block" was
filled in with other homes to create the neighborhoods that now stand.

Loveland's First General Hospital – 106 South Monroe: This home was built in 1905
by David Ragan and was converted into the Loveland General Hospital in 1907 under the
direction of Mrs. George Ragan.

Larimer County Bank Building/Stroh Building: The Larimer County Bank Building,
now known as the Stroh Building, sits on the northwest corner of 4th and Lincoln. It was
once termed "the handsomest building in Loveland." It was built in 1891 to house
Loveland's second bank. The building originally had a corner entrance and was faced
with pressed brick trimmed in red sandstone. The bank occupied the first floor. In 1902,
a 25 X 60 foot addition extended the building to the alley. It underwent a massive
renovation in 1927, when the corner entrance was filled in and the entrance was moved to
4th Street. Three years after this renovation, the bank became one of the victims of the
Great Depression.

Lovelander: In 1878, a Mrs. Hopkins built and operated the Loveland House, a frame
hotel on the northeast corner of 4th Street and Railroad Avenue. In 1912, a group of
Loveland businessmen put up $40,000 and built on the same site the three-story, three-
wing brick Lovelander Hotel. The grand opening was July 10, 1913, and the whole town
was invited to inspect the new hotel.

The Lobby extended the entire width of the building. The Elks purchased the building in
1927 after passenger train traffic declined. The group spent $10,000 creating a 52 X 72
foot lodge room, filling in the courtyard and converting the basement into a banquet room
and the kitchen and dining room into a billiard room. The building is used for
conventions, banquets, dances, meetings and other activities.

Railroad Depot: The first depot was a tent. A building was constructed in 1877-88 on
the west side of the tracks. After passengers complained about sharing space with
overflow produce and livestock, Colorado Central Railroad built this new depot in 1902
for almost $20,000. The architectural style was Romanesque Revival, with arched
windows and doorways, popular at the turn of the twentieth century. Bricks from the old
depot were used to pave the platform and walkways. Stanley Steamers used to line up at
the depot and the Loveland House to take passengers up to Estes Park. The old road was
along 1st Street west over Bald Mountain through Pinewood.

Loveland Light, Heat & Power: This was Loveland's original power plant -- an example
of the Romanesque Revival Style with the rusticated brickwork. A fire destroyed the
building's second story in 1988. Lee J. Kelim owned the building for only about a year in
1905-06 before it was sold to Northern Colorado Power Company. Kelim sold out
because he found he could not handle merchants' demand for power during the day as
well as in the evenings. Kelim's house was the first Loveland residence to utilize electric
lights. Kelim moved east, founded the town of Kelim in 1913, and constructed a large
mill there. He died in 1925 after losing an arm in a bean thresher.

Washburn's Crossing: Washburn's Crossing was located at the Big Thompson River
where Highway 287 now crosses it. The Overland Stage Route relocated here from
Mariano's Crossing in 1864. The stop was located on the east side of Highway 287. It
was named after Judge John Washburn. Judge John Washburn, came to the Big
Thompson Valley in 1862. He built a cabin at what became known as Washburn's
Crossing. The cabin served as a post office (1863), an Overland Trail stage stop (1864),
and Judge Washburn's courthouse. Albina Washburn became the area's first teacher. She
held school in a cabin across the road from the Washburn's cabin.

Derby Hill: Derby Hill sits south of the center of Loveland about 2 miles. It bears the
name of one of the most prominent pioneer families in the Big Thompson Valley. This is
where Mr. and Mrs. Abram Derby farmed. Mrs. Derby was Caroline Barnes, the
daughter of David and Sarah Barnes, who donated the land for the original town site of
Loveland. Highway 287 was originally a narrow dirt road that wound dangerously
around Derby Hill. Model T Fords chugged up the hill and whizzed down. Foot races
and bicycle races were also staged between Loveland and Berthoud over Derby Hill.
Derby Hill was also the site of Loveland's first golf course and country club.

Lego Building: The building at the corner of Railroad and 14th Street now owned by
Teledyne Waterpik, was originally used for the manufacture of Lego Building blocks. A
look at the front of the building proves that Lego connection. Samsonite Luggage also
owned the building at one point.

The Pea Factory – Empson Canning Company: The Empson Canning Company
factory building was located just south of First Street and west of Railroad Avenue. The
plant opened on Monday, July 13, 1908, and remained in operation for 30 years. At
operating capacity, the factory could process 20,000 cans per hour. It handled crops from
3,000 acres of peas. At its peak, the factory employed 200 people. The plant was later
used to process beans, tomatoes and cherries.

Colorado-Big Thompson Project: The Colorado-Big Thompson River Project was
developed in 1938 to divert western slope snowmelt to the eastern slope. Seventy percent
of the state's precipitation falls on the western slope. The Project spans 150 miles east --
west (from Kremmling on the west to Brush on the east) and 645 miles north-south
(Boulder to Wyoming). The Project diverts the snowmelt through (not over or around)
the Continental Divide via the thirteen-mile Alva B. Adams Tunnel.

In June 1947, the Big Thompson River received its first western slope water, seven years
to the day construction began. Traveling west on First Street, you can see the pipeline,
which carries water from the eastern end of the tunnel just west of the YMCA Camp in
Estes Park over Bald Mountain near Pinewood.

Mariano Medina: Mariano Medina was born in 1812 in Taos, New Mexico, which was
Mexican territory at the time. He was the first permanent settler in the Big Thompson
Valley. Medina was a former trapper, hunter, scout and guide. In 1844, he lived as a
trapper along the Snake River in Utah Territory. Several years later, he lived at the head
of the Missouri River in Montana at Fort Lewis. He left Montana after he killed two
Blackfeet warriors in a battle. Instead of paying the natives several hundred dollars in
ponies for his actions, he left the area. In 1856, Medina operated a ferry on the
Sweetwater River in Wyoming, and in 1857 he lived at Robertson's Indian Camp in
Wyoming. In 1857-58, during the Mormon Wars, Medina accompanied Captain
Randolph Marcy and his men on a supply trip from near Fort Bridger, Wyoming to New
Mexico. The band became mired in deep snow and lost their way over the mountains.
All of their supplies were gone and men died every day. Captain Marcy sent Medina and
another Mexican off to Fort Massachusetts alone for help. Eleven days later, they
returned followed by with fresh supplies, saving the remainder of the band.

Medina moved to the valley in mid-1858 with his wife, Tacanecy, and three children,
including his stepson, Louis Papa. Two more children were born, but none except Louis
Papa is known to have lived to adulthood. In 1857, Tacanecy died, Susan Carter Howard
went to live with Medina after her own divorce. The couple had a son in 1876. Mariano
and Susan had not been married; they were indicted for open adultery. In July 1877,
Mariano and Susan were married by a priest, making in legal.

Medina died in 1878 from a painful effect of bullets lodged in his body over time. He
asked to be buried with his two horses, his carriage and a keg of whiskey.

Namaqua: Mariano's (or Marianne's) Crossing later became known as Namaqua. In
1868, a federal post office opened there under that name. The settlement was located
across the road from the present site of Namaqua Park. The toll bridge was located west
of the present bridge, and at least until 1980, tow pilings from Medina's toll bridge still
stood on the south side of the riverbank. In 1956, all that was left of Medina's home was
torn down. Some of the original logs were used to reconstruct the cabin in the Loveland

Namaqua Park: In 1960, Medina's and other family member's graves were moved to the
current site. The only notice of the move was in the Fort Collins paper. People claim
that Loveland residents were not notified of the proposed move. The family cemetery
had been located about ¼ mile south of Namaqua on the west side of Namaqua Road.
*The late Zethyl Gates thinks Namaqua was named after the beautiful daughter of chief
Black Hawk, a Sauk Indian who lived in the Midwest. The Chief's daughter was named
Namequa, with an 'e' instead of the second 'a.' The town of Blackhawk, Colorado was
named after Chief Black Hawk, and the first postmaster of Namaqua, Hiram Tadder,
knew of the Chief and his beautiful daughter.

Louis Papa: Louis Papa was reportedly born at Snake Creek, Utah, in 1844. His mother,
Tacanecy, was pregnant when the French trader, Louis Elbert Papin, traded her to
Mariano Medina for some blankets and horses. He was 14 when Medina settled on the
Big Thompson River. Papa never attended school. He herded cattle and horses around
Medina's ranch. Papa homesteaded up the Big Thompson Canyon near Viestenz-Smith
Park. He spent his winter months in Loveland and died in 1935. He was buried in the
Frank Bartholf family plot at Loveland's Lakeside Cemetery. (Papa rode for Frank
Bartholf for years and they became lifelong friends.)

Loveland – How it got its name: Loveland was founded in 1877; one year after
Colorado joined the United States. Loveland was named after William Austin Hamilton
Loveland, president of the Colorado Central Railroad. Loveland completed a northern
line from Denver to Cheyenne through David Barnes' wheat field. Barnes was a long-
time friend of W.A.H. Loveland. Barnes deeded land for the railroad right-of-way plus
land for a town. Rather than name the town Barnesville, the Barnes family suggested the
town be named after Loveland.

Sweetheart City: In 1947, Loveland became known as the "Sweetheart City" when it
initiated a Valentine remailing program. Volunteers help stamp valentines received from
around the world every year. The first Miss Loveland Valentine was selected in 1962.

Street Names: The original street naming and numbering system in Loveland was quite
simple. The 1877 town plat showed the original boundaries running from First Street
north to Eighth Street and from A Street (now Lincoln Avenue) west to E Street (now
Garfield). In 1904, streets with letter designations were renamed after presidents. In the
1950's, a street naming convention designated that the streets in certain sections of town
have certain categories of names – Colorado towns, trees, birds, boys' names, state
capitols, girls' names, flowers, and Loveland pioneers. In 1969, the city council voted to
rename 14th Street, Eisenhower Boulevard.

Corn Roast: the tradition of the annual Corn Roast began in 1894. Similar to a county
fair, the Roast attracted people from all over the region, all the way from Cheyenne to
Denver. A parade was held on 4th Street, a picnic-style dinner followed at the old
Washington School grounds. Various entertainments and demonstrations, such as
Professor Baldwin's balloon ascension and parachute drops were conducted for the
benefit of all.

In 1912, the Corn Roast tradition gave way to the Larimer County Fair, which featured a
double parachute drop by the Belmont Sisters that year. When the County Fair was
instituted, the Corn Roast Festival was discontinued – until 1982, when the Chamber of
Commerce revived it.

Cherry Orchards: Cherry Hills Subdivision has this name because this area used to be
covered by cherry orchards. By the end of the 19th century, Loveland had become a
major fruit growing area. Cherries were introduced and orchards covered the land around
town and westward into the hogback valleys and along the river. There were 1,000 acres
of the crop. Trees covered land now used by Hewlett-Packard, Orchards Shopping
Center, as well as Cherry Hills Estate. Spring Glade Orchard was the largest single
cherry orchard west of the Mississippi River. There were at least three commercial
canning companies in operation during the height of the industry: Kuner-Empson,
Loveland Canning, and Cherry Products Corporation.

Stone Quarries: The stone quarries in the hogbacks west of Loveland have been
operating since the 1880s. The stone has been known since then for its color and quality.
Flagging, curbing, lintels and building stone is fashioned from the sandstone and can be
seen in many of Loveland's early homes, schools, churches and other structures.

       For more information or to schedule a tour,
          call Tom Katsimpalis at 970-962-2412.


Standard 1: Students understand the chronological organization of history and know
how to organize events and people into major eras to identify and explain historical

Students will be able to note significant events, groups, and people in the history of
Colorado and identify where they lived and worked.

Standard 2: Students know how to use the process and resources of historical inquiry.

Students will gather historical data from multiple sources including buildings and
landscapes. Students will also be able to formulate historical questions based on
examination of primary sources.

Standard 3: Students understand that societies are diverse and have changed over time.

Students will be able to visually see the changes in the built environment and landscape
of the region.

Standard 4: Students understand how science, technology, and economic activity have
developed, changed and affected societies throughout history.
Students will be able to describe the impact of various technological developments on the
local community and the state such as the Colorado-Big Thompson Water Project.

Standard 6: Students know that religious and philosophical ideas have been powerful
forces throughout history.

Students will be able to give examples of forms of expression that depict the history, daily
life and beliefs of various peoples using architecture.