Boulder: Evolution of a City by Silvia Pettem

By Silvia Pettem

Boulder: Evolution of a City has captivated beginners, travelers, and longtime citizens for years with its dramatic visible and narrative presentation of the start and improvement of Boulder. during this up to date version, 322 photos - greater than ninety of them present - trap landmarks, constructions, significant occasions, and quiet moments from the 1860s to 2006. pictures displaying an analogous destinations at numerous periods in background display Boulder's continuum from prior to present.

Pettem devotes the 1st bankruptcy to an advent of the early photographers whose paintings seems in the course of the ebook. relocating outward from the important enterprise district as improvement did, every one next bankruptcy specializes in a specific region in Boulder, with an introductory essay by way of historical and modern photos with certain captions.

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Streamer’s Drug Store, on the southwest corner, was replaced with the National State Bank Building. At the time, the National State Bank was on the northwest corner of the intersection. In 1899, that building was extensively remodeled by the Boulder National Bank. An iceman’s wagon is under the arch. Court House Square is to the right. Photo by Joseph Bevier Sturtevant, 1895. Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder Historical Society Collection. National State Bank had moved into the new Masonic Temple Building in 1896 after being located in the Brookfield-Holstein Block.

He 100-year flood hit Boulder in 1894. Most of Boulder’s “red light district,” which covered the area along Water Street (Canyon) between the current Municipal Building and the Boulder Public Library auditorium, was destroyed. Madams blatantly moved their girls to upstairs rooms in the downtown business district. However, the brothels’ days were numbered. When the Better Boulder Party succeeded in closing Boulder’s saloons in 1907, it closed the “houses of ill repute” for good. The Goss and Grove Street neighborhood, known as Culver’s Subdivision, did little better in the flood.

The next bay window was in a narrow separate building. The next building was the WhiteDavis Mercantile Company, followed by Public Drug Company, the People’s Store, and the Boulder National Bank. First-floor businesses had high ceilings, high storefronts, and large awnings. Photo by Out West studio, 1917. Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder Historical Society Collection. 19 boulder: evolution of a city Shortly after completion in 1912, the second building of the Mercantile Bank dominated the northeast corner of 12th (Broadway) and Pearl Streets.

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