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‘Around Granby’ history book documents Granby’s colorful past

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This iconic photograph from the Grand County Historical Association collection of the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railroad shows passengers being met at the Granby train depot by the Tovey stage line drivers and an early touring car, circa 1905 to 1911. The photo is used on the cover of the new local history book," Around Granby," by local author, Dr. Penny Hamilton, in partnership with the GCHA.
Staff Photo | Submitted by Penny Hamilton

Local author Dr. Penny Hamilton, in partnership with the Grand County Historical Association (GCHA), created a new history book called “Around Granby,” which will be published by Arcadia Images of America series. Historical photographs, primarily from the GCHA archive collection, document the community’s colorful past.

Community pictures, advertisements and stories bring life to the over 100 years of development around Granby. Did you know that Grand County is geographically larger than the entire State of Rhode Island? Did you know that Granby’s first election was held on Nov. 21, 1905? Back then, the only question on the ballot was ‘should Granby incorporate as a town?’ Every eligible resident voted in that historic election. The results were 45 “For Incorporation” and one against. Colorado women were given the right to vote in elections in 1893. Several women cast their vote in Granby’s first election, including Madeline Hall, Myra Washington, Agnes Whited, Sarah Nuckolls, Lizzie Ruehland and Grace Sullivan.

“Around Granby” explores the early years of Middle Park, the arrival of the Moffat Line, Monarch Lake and the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. It features C Lazy U, Drowsy Water and other dude ranches, Rocky Mountain National Park and much more. “The early December scheduled release by the publisher is perfect timing for the holiday gift-giving season,” Hamilton said.

The Grand County Historical Association is offering a discount for pre-paid orders received before Nov. 9. Autographed copies of the new book cost $18 plus tax. Volunteers will ship books for a small additional charge. The cover price is normally $21.99. Prepaid orders can be sent to Grand County Pioneer Village Museum at P.O. Box 165 in Hot Sulphur Springs. Telephone orders are available at 970-725-3939. Credit cards are accepted.

In December, the book will also be available for purchase at the Cozens Ranch Museum. City Market, Budget Tackle, Rocky Mountain General Store and Country Ace Hardware.

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