City of Greeley Press Releases

Free Walking Tour: Downtown Greeley between World War I and the Stock Market Crash

Release Date:
Jul 17, 2017

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970-350-9222
Betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com

The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to a walking tour of downtown with a theme of Greeley between World War I and the Stock Market Crash, on Monday, July 24th at 6:30 p.m.  Peggy Ford Waldo, Curator of Development for the City of Greeley Museums, will lead the tour.  According to Waldo, “During the 1910 – 1930 era, Greeley was nicknamed the “Athens of the West,” and became the commercial, transportation, educational, agricultural, and cultural hub of northern Colorado, as evidenced by its new schools, a magnificent new courthouse, a streetcar system, four theaters, new businesses, and an expanding population.”  Waldo will discuss Greeley’s “Motor Row” district, the influenza epidemic of 1918, “Shop at Home” campaigns, and the impact of the Ku Klux Klan during this tour.  This free public tour begins at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  No reservations are required, but participants should wear walking shoes and bring a water bottle.

The walking tours provide citizens with a chance to hear about and see interesting sites with historical, cultural and architectural significance to Greeley.  The 2017 walking tours will be held in various locations around town.  The remainder of the tour schedule for 2017 is as follows:

July 24
Greeley between WWI and the Stock Market Crash: a pre-Chautauqua event, led by Peggy Ford Waldo. Starting location: Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street, 6:30 p.m.

August 7         
Cottonwood Neighborhood, led by Betsy Kellums.  Starting location: NW corner of Cottonwood Park, 26th Avenue and 26th Avenue Court, 6:30 p.m.

September 11
Bilingual Downtown Tour, led by Betsy Kellums and Maribel Talamantes.  Starting location: Lincoln Park Gazebo, noon.

For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 970-350-9222. 

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