This is what the Town of Granby was like in the 1940s
July 21, 2009
We had cattle shoots at the railroad depot in Granby to ship out cattle to Denver and Omaha.
We sent our cream cans on the railroad and 5 gallon cans went for $3 and the 8 gallon cans for $5.
We bought our baby chicks off of the railroad, also.
If you sent an order to Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward, it was back in three days.
There was no high school in Granby then. You either went to HSS, Kremmling or Fraser.
On the East side of town you would find: The Maverick Restaurant was a lettuce shed and then in the 1930s it became a bar. The Stone building next door was a car mechanic shop. The Liberty Bank was a Conaco Station. The Grand County Real Estate Building was apartments. This was followed by The Ford garage, which has always remained the same all these years. Where the antique shop is was Lefty’s grocery store and Grand Mountain Bank was a drug store and there was another drug store across the street that sold fountain sodas. Then there was a Texaco station, Payne’s cafe, a clothing store, and where Linke’s Fabric Store is was the Pool Hall. Last on the street was another cafe that stayed open for dancing at night.
Across the street where the medical center sits was a bowling alley and then became a Case Tractor and Equipment store, which you could still buy a tractor on a handshake only. The grain store was also another bowling alley.
For fun, we had a rodeo in town with horse racing, and in 1945 we had a race track just outside of town along with another bowling alley where the professional mall is now. The rodeo grounds we have now have been there for over 30 years. We also had dancing at the Grand County Council of Aging building on Saturday nights.
So, everyone let’s go out to the Rodeo and get a little piece of the old times back.