Boulder Natural Beauty
The Flatirons have long beckoned to new arrivals. In the distant past, relocating families arrived by Clapboard Wagon, though today a relocation service and Realtor are much more the norm. A little Boulder history, the town was founded in 1859 and awarded the vote to women in 1894. Natural beauty paired with a long vision belief in rights are the backbones of Boulder Co.
The Rocky Mountains are so close to town, you can walk over and hike ’em – or climb the peaks. Both are popular past times in a city boasting 300 plus days of sunshine annually. Adding to the vista, the Boulder Creek flows through town, in summers dotted with inner tubers braving the chilly waters. Bicycle paths crisscross the community, with everything from concrete rides to single track trails furiously descending the mountains.
Infamous Unsolved Boulder Crimes
Long before Jon Bonet Ramsey haunted the local newspapers, the community found itself dealing with the unsolved murder of local police official Elmer Cobb back in the 1920’s. Like the Ramsey case, the crime would go unsolved.
Boulder Illegal Immigration
Making a name for himself, Robin Williams brought fame to Boulder with Mork from Ork. Everyone’s favorite alien settled at 1619 Pine Street where you can still spot Mork and Mindy’s house. The 1979 television show was the breakout smash hit of year. Nanu Nanu.
WW II Impacts Boulder History
Government laboratories arrived in town following the war. And with the facilities came a rush of new residents. To keep up with demand, The Martin Acres subdivision was created. An interesting bit of Boulder history, during this time, there was such a shortage of housing that young married CU Boulder couples were living in trailers that lacked bathrooms. The kids shared a central bathroom while the trailers were rumored to be quite romantic, perhaps adding to the ensuing baby boom!
Famous Boulder Connection
Designed by I.M. Pei, the iconic NCAR building sits above Boulder. Locals enjoy cycling to the top plus you’ll find access to a wonderful trail system. The initials stand for National Center for Atmospheric Research. The building has been a part of local Boulder history since the Sixties and is immortalized in the Woody Allen film Sleeper.
The Boulder History of Housing
Since the mid 1970’s, Boulder’s housing market has been one of the safest investments in this region. This is in large part due to the Open Space policy instituted way back then. Paul Danish came up with a great idea. We’ll permanently keep the area around the city green and natural. County lands require 70 acres to subdivide into just two lots. The city and county consistently pass bond issues to buy up and preserve land. Strict building codes exist to preserve the community. And to keep things fair, recent Boulder history discusses the Permanently Affordable program, designed to ensure equal access to living in town.