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This photo was taken on the Colorado River, below the confluence of the Williams Fork and the Colorado, looking down stream. I am standing in mid river. You can see my green fly line trailing down on the left side of the picture.

This water is "catch & release" and used to be full of large (20" plus) Colorado River Rainbow Trout, until they were hit very hard by an introduced, non-native parasite (Myxobolus cerebralis) in 1993, causing "whirling disease" and the virtual extinction of all 1st year wild fish. Since then, there has been no successful wild Rainbow reproduction in the river and the remaining mature wild fish eventually died off.

Resistant Brown trout are now the most numerous fish in the river. The Whirling Disease Foundation is conducting promising research on developing a resistant hybrid Rainbow, but it seems unlikely that the pure Colorado Rainbow can ever be re-introduced.

William Henry Dickens, an original St. Vrain Valley pioneer, was highly successful in farming and numerous business ventures, and by 1898 was the biggest taxpayer in Boulder County. He was murdered in his home by an unknown assailant in 1915, a sensational, widely covered news story.

Dickens built the Opera House in 1881, with the theater on the second floor and the first floor housing his bank. The Opera House was the most widely used community center in Longmont for many years. Social and cultural life revolved around it, including dances, concerts, vaudeville and minstrel shows, plays, and sporting events such as boxing and wrestling.

The Dickens Opera House is one of the few theaters from this period left in Colorado. It has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since July 28, 1987.

Sawhill Ponds is a wetland wildlife sanctuary reclaimed from a gravel pit near Boulder, CO. This photo was taken in the Fall at about 6:00 PM.

This hotel was built in 1880-81 in the elegant Victorian "Italianate" style by wealthy miner George Zweck. From it's inception, the Imperial was one of the hubs of Longmont's social scene.

In 1894, it became the property of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen, who managed it for many years. In 1971, the hotel was purchased and remodeled into apartments and small shops.

Landmark Designation: 1977

This recently completed facility is regularly set on fire to train area firemen and first responders.

There are a lot of dreams buried in that motorcycle graveyard.

Longmont Sugar Mill 1903-1977

Longmont Great Western Sugar Mill was in operation from 1903-1977. The mill processed sugar beets grown in the area and was a major employer in the community. Some of the silos are still in use.

Sawhill Ponds is a wetland wildlife sanctuary reclaimed from a gravel pit near Boulder, CO.

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