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Drilling for Health – Greeley’s First Artesian Well

Drilling for Health – Greeley’s First Artesian Well

Drilling for Health – Greeley’s First Artesian Well The acquisition of safe drinking water for early Greeley was no simple task. Discussions began in early 1883 when G. Law wrote to the Greeley Tribune suggesting that a well providing potable water could be...

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Filmmaking and Cowpunching

Filmmaking and Cowpunching

As the nineteenth-century came to a close, a rush of nostalgia for the “Western Frontier” captivated America. Cowboy filmmaker Charles Camp is one example of this. The films he produced, the “first and only ones ever made of a real Wyoming round-up,” represent some of...

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Angels in Black: Victorian Women in Mourning

Angels in Black: Victorian Women in Mourning

The death of loved ones has always been a difficult subject throughout history. During the Victorian period, however, it took on new significance. After Prince Albert died in England in 1861, Queen Victoria, his devastated wife, lived the rest of her life publicly...

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The Beginnings of Bicycles in Greeley

During the 1870s the “high wheeled bicycle” was invented. It was also known as the “penny farthing” or the “ordinary”. While it had two-wheeled predecessors, the high wheel was the first all metal contraption to be dubbed a bicycle. Bicycles in the 1870s were rare in...

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50+ Years Ago, Greeley’s Teens Cruised a Bustling Downtown

What did teenagers do for fun in Greeley, CO, in 1959? Greeley’s downtown featured every type of retail business within a five-block radius of Lincoln Park, including three bakeries, five beauty shops, six men’s clothing stores, seven drug stores, eight grocery...

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Greeley’s Shattered History: Three Infamous Hail Storms

Greeley’s Shattered History: Three Infamous Hail Storms

The June 19, 2018 hailstorm that damaged many homes, vehicles, trees, gardens and field crops was a reminder that hail, unfortunately, is a predictable part of Greeley’s and northeastern Colorado’s history. Greeley’s first hailstorm was in July 1871, but was eclipsed...

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Cool Off with this Brief Local History of Ice and Ice Cream

Cool Off with this Brief Local History of Ice and Ice Cream

Did you know that ice cream was once considered a luxury? Or did you know that in early Greeley, it would have probably been enjoyed in the winter? Ice cream is such an iconic summertime treat, that it is hard to imagine someone would go to great effort and expense to...

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Severance Vigilantes Act Out Against Pro-German Sentiment

Severance Vigilantes Act Out Against Pro-German Sentiment

On April 6, 1917, Congress declared war on Germany and America entered World War I. At this time, several thousand Germans-from-Russia lived in Weld County, many having arrived after 1902 to work as “stoop laborers” in the sugar beet fields. These immigrants were...

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October 1930 found Betty's Beauty Parlor comfortably situated in its new quarters, Suites 4 and 5, in the Central building over Woolworths. An article in the Greeley Tribune offered the opinion that “Betty's Beauty Parlor presents one of the prettiest sights in the business section.” Featured at Betty's Beauty Parlor was a new all-steam waving machine, entirely new to the profession in the west and “exclusive to Greeley.” Proprietors Sam and Betty Cooner trained “back east” on the use of the all-steam permanent waving machine; you may see one quite like it in the Unmentionable exhibit.

Image: Black's Beauty Salon & Black's Fashion Shoppe, owned by Anna and George Black, was located at 820 9th St., Greeley. Photograph taken on July 18, 1944.
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