Laurie Henderhan – Why is our town named Kremmling? |

Laurie Henderhan – Why is our town named Kremmling?

Laurie Henderhan / West Side Stories
Kremmling, CO Colorado

The other day on the way to town, my granddaughter asked, “Why is our town named Kremmling?”

Kremmling was named after Rudolph “Kare” Kremmling, a businessman who had a general store on the north side of Muddy Creek. In 1881, brothers Aaron and John Kinsey made part of their ranch into a town they called Kinsey City. Kare moved his store across the river to the new townsite and soon people were calling the place Kremmling.

This was during the silver boom days, but the lack of minerals in the nearby mountains made the town grow very slowly. Pioneers traveling west would stop here for supplies, and soon they were settling here.

The original post office was called Kinsey City, and from 1881 to 1895 Kare Kremmling was the first Post Master.

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The name Kremmling was officially recognized in 1895, and by 1904 there were 30 landowners and 140 residents. The town was incorporated May 14, 1904.

After the Moffat railroad, the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific arrived in July 1906; Kremmling became the county’s central shipping point.

In 1912, the first fair was organized by W.H. Harrison and is now known as the Middle Park Fair. Kremmling is located at the confluence of three rivers, Muddy Creek, the Blue River and the Colorado River. That is why our town is called Kremmling. (Historical information from Wikipedia and the United Country Real Estate website.)


Congratulations to Chase Hill for his 5th place finish at the State Wrestling tournament.

The Middle School wrestling team opened its season last Saturday at Craig and will travel to Walden on Thursday night and to Hayden this Saturday.

Middle Park Meat owners, Harlan and Jane Land, have sold the business to their longtime employees, Mike Sidler and Felicia Gaston. Harlan and Jane would like to thank all of their loyal customers for 35 years of support, trust and friendship.

Mike and Felicia assumed the business on March 2 and will continue to provide the fine service and products we have come to know at Middle Park Meat. Good Luck to Mike and Felicia in their new opportunity, and good luck to Harlan and Jane in their “retirement.”

There are still appointments available for the developmental screening clinic that the Kremmling Preschool is sponsoring on March 12. The screening is for children newborn through 4 1⁄2 years old and will evaluate vision, speech, language and motor skills. Call 724-9483 before March 11 to schedule a screening.


The Community Church is holding a day of prayer on Saturday, March 6. The church will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will have hour-long prayer sessions focusing on different topics. Members of the Community Church congregation will lead different hours of prayer.

Prayers will focus on our families, community, country and military, Kremmling businesses, children and youth and many more areas of concern. Contact Linda Sherman at 531-1761 with questions or for specific times of prayer for issues you may be interested in. 

The Short Stop Convenience Store on the west end of town has its collection jar out to accept donations to replace the large flag that flies over town. They are hoping to collect about $2,500 to replace the flag. The store reopened last year with a newly remodeled interior and is offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks and drinks, and of course gas and groceries. The store hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The large flag that has flown for years over town is visible for miles as you come into town from the north and the east. Maybe we can make this a community effort to get the flag over town again. Contact the Short Stop if you would like to help get the flag replaced.

Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will, stay in touch.

– Contact me with your events, programs of questions at or

970-531-2431or 724-9575.  Have a good week.

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