On February 11, 1883, the Colorado State Legislature officially carved Eagle County out of sprawling Summit County. The silver mining camps on Battle Mountain were booming. It wasn’t long before the homesteaders recognized the agricultural potential of the county’s mountain valleys and plentiful streams.
For the next 80 years, mining and agriculture drove Eagle County’s economic engine. These days, the silver mines and cattle have largely been replaced by ski slopes and condominiums. But there’s plenty of history packed into those decades since 1883. We invite you to share in the special events and exhibits throughout 2023 celebrating Eagle County’s 140th anniversary.
As part of the 140th Anniversary Celebration, Eagle County is hosting a historical speaker series. In addition to a brief overview of Eagle County history provided by Eagle County Historian Kathy Heicher, the series features Chautauqua-style speakers thanks in part to generous support from Colorado Humanities. Past speakers include Angel Vigil as "El Vaquero" and Gail Beaton as "Rosie the Riveter." The speaker series also included two speakers from the Aspen Historical Society, Nina Gabianelli and Skylar Lomahaftewah, addressing Ute history and culture. More speakers are planned for the fall.
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