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Things I Learned while Looking Up Something Else

Things I Learned while Looking Up Something Else

Historian Carol Rein Shwayder began researching her family genealogy in the 1970s. She was “dismayed, and shocked” to find there was no book written for Weld County history. In 1983, Shwayder self-published Weld County Old & New: History of Weld County, Colorado, Vol. I, Chronology 1836-1983.  It is described by the author as “A chronological compendium of interesting, useful, and hard-to-find facts and information about the history and development of Weld County, Colorado. Herein follows a sampling of excerpted entries.

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Out of the Cold

Out of the Cold

Keeping warm was a priority in the winter months of Greeley’s early days. During the 1870s, The Greeley Tribune reported many incidents of people who had frozen their feet and hands while working on the plains in severe weather conditions.

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Fort Jackson and the Fur Trade

Fort Jackson and the Fur Trade

Fort Jackson was established in 1837 on the South Platte River. It was well-stocked with trade goods and quickly shut down the local small operations in the region.

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Wedding Customs of the Late 19th Century

Wedding Customs of the Late 19th Century

The social “dos and don’ts” of wedding etiquette can be perplexing and they continue to change with time. The wedding ceremony of Rozene Meeker, daughter of Greeley’s founder Nathan Meeker, gives us a glimpse of what a typical wedding was like in the 1880s.

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Knights of the Roaring Wheels

Knights of the Roaring Wheels

In 1938, motorcycling had a dramatic comeback in Greeley with the organization of the “Knights of the Roaring Wheels”, a motorcycle club emphasizing safety.

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Archiving the Camp Family Collections

Archiving the Camp Family Collections

A Reflection by Katalyn Lutkin, City of Greeley Museums Archives Assistant I started processing the Camp Family Collections in July of 2016. At that time, there was only one donation with several more on the way. In the last 3 years, I have processed 13 collections...

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Menthology was published by the Mentholatum Company, makers of health care products since 1889, as “A pocket magazine to be read at leisure moments.” The contents included “short items of interest to the retailer, a little fun, and some good common sense." Shown on the front cover: "Ammunition for the Druggist & Clerk. Sales helps, Advertising suggestions, Wit & Humor." ... See MoreSee Less

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