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It’s not certain if the origin of the city name is from Boulder Creek, but Boulder is certainly a wonderful natural city. Situated right where the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains meet, Boulder offers an abundance of recreational activities from hiking and climbing, to bike riding and 4 Wheel driving through the hundreds of miles of trails.
Boulder is renowned as the home of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the picturesque Flatirons. The city is also the home of Pellman’s Automotive Service.
Just as the Flatirons are the symbol of Boulder, quality is the symbol of Pellman’s Automotive Service. We go above and beyond in everything we do, from the moment you walk into our doors to the moment you leave.
We love our hometown of Boulder and can’t imagine living and raising our family anywhere else. Brad has been in the area since 1973 and Lisa is a Boulder native so we have seen a lot of changes over the years.
The Boulder History Museum has a great timeline that tells more about the interesting history of Boulder, CO. Below you will find an edited list showcasing historical events that are realated to transportation in and around Boulder between 1873 and 1976.¹
Boulder Historical Transportation Fun Facts –
Credited to the Boulder History Museum – http://boulderhistory.org/timeline.asp
Railroad extended to Boulder.
The Greeley, Salt Lake, and Pacific railroad completed between Boulder and Sunset; extended service to mountain communities.
New Boulder train depot dedicated at 14th and Water St [Canyon Blvd].
The first automobile seen in Boulder was in June, 1900. By 1906, there were 26 registered auto cars.
City ordinance made it “unlawful for any person to ride or drive within Boulder at a rate of speed in excess of 6 miles per hour”.
First run of electric Interurban train from Denver to Boulder.
The Union Pacific Railroad introduced a self-contained forty-two passenger rail car on the Denver-Boulder route. The 78 foot car was powered by a six cylinder gasoline engine, had seats of “unusual width”, oval windows that could be opened for fresh air, and a compartment for smokers.
The Boulder Canyon Road was completed in 1871, but it wouldn’t be until 1911 that the first car, a Stanley Steamer, made the difficult trip up the canyon from Boulder to Nederland. The Steamer replaced the daily stagecoach which had made the 18-mile trip for the last 40 years.
With the automobile becoming commonplace, the process of paving Boulder’s streets began in September, at the corner of 18th and Pearl. The paving quickly spread down Pearl Street, the commercial center of town. 15-foot-wide concrete sidewalks were also added on either side of the street, replacing the flagstone walkways.
Switzerland Trail train scrapped.
Florence C. Molloy and Mabel N. Macleay operated a taxi and touring company in Boulder.
Fred C. Smith of Boulder set a World Record for continuous automobile driving of 104 hours and 8 minutes.
The last run of Boulder’s electric street cars. Begun in 1901, the streetcars ran the length of Pearl Street, from 12th Street all the way to 31st. Pedestrians could hop on and off the cars as they traveled downtown. The streetcar service was even extended to Denver. By 1931 however, many residents had acquired personal automobiles and the streetcar was becoming increasingly obsolete.
First traffic light installed in Boulder at the corner of 12th (Broadway) and Pearl.
The Denver-Boulder turnpike was completed and opened to traffic in 1952. The highway was the first of its kind in Colorado and preceded the introduction of the Interstate system. It cost 25 cents for a trip from Denver to Boulder and provided a pleasant drive through rolling green farmland. Boulder’s population began to explode around this time and traffic volume so far exceeded expectations that the turnpike fees paid off the $6.3 million in bonds in 15 years. As a result the toll road became a free public road in 1967, becoming the first in the country to do so.
The $2,000,000 Boulder Canyon highway, an all-paved mountain road between Boulder and Nederland, was officially dedicated.
Railroad passenger service closed to the old depot in downtown Boulder. It then became a bus depot until 1972 when the city made plans to demolish it at its location on 14th and Canyon. The building was saved by a number of concerned citizens and was relocated to 30th and Pearl Street. Now a historical landmark, the depot was used as an event center until acquired by the city in 2008 and moved to Boulder Junction, near the Northern and Santa Fe railroad. Built by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1890, the structure is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, something that has helped it survive numerous relocations.
The Boulder-Longmont Diagonal road (Hwy 119) completed.
Traffic code amended to give bicyclists rights as well as obligations under Motor Vehicle regulations.
Boulder city council enacted an ordinance requiring city licenses on all bicycles ridden in Boulder whether owned by residents or nonresidents.
Blue and white 6 by 24 inch street signs mounted on 7-foot poles began replacing old concrete obelisk markers to facilitate drivers finding their way around the growing city of Boulder.
Regularly scheduled railroad passenger service ends in Boulder.
Denver-Boulder Turnpike became toll free; the debt was paid off early.
Pearl Street is closed to automobile traffic and the pedestrian mall is opened. With Boulder’s population explosion in the 60’s and 70’s, Boulder’s downtown area was becoming an afterthought as shopping centers sprung up on the outskirts of town. Local architect Carl Worthington proposed the idea of a pedestrian mall modeled after European walking plazas. The city received a grant from the federal government and a number of local organizations worked together to make the plan a reality. The mall revitalized downtown Boulder and is one of the most successful walking malls in the country.
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