APRIL 30 — Historic Westside Longmont – (southern half)

North of 3rd, west of Main, south of 6th, east of Gay

It was a very nice day for a walk today… but the weather forecast was for snow tonight.   As it turns out (as I write this in retrospect), we got about 5 inches of snow tonight.  And it was basically all melted by the next day.

This is the southern half of what is called Historic Westside Longmont, settled by the original Chicago Colony in the late 1800′s.   It appears it actually extends another block to  the west to Bowen Street.  Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this includes most of the oldest part of Longmont.

Historic Westside website

 

Historic Westside sign

Historic Westside sign

 

Here is an assortment of the businesses in this part of town…

good food with a theater connection

good food with a theater connection

 

in a historic building

in a historic building

 

 

notice the red Liberty Bell

notice the red Liberty Bell

 

Coins and Collectibles

Coins and Collectibles

 

neighborhood bistro

neighborhood bistro

Dr. Wolford... my eye doctor!Dr. Wolford… my eye doctor!

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This neighborhood is also home to the Longmont Times-Call newspaper.  The parking lot across the street has one of the two “Longmont Geese” in today’s walking area.  It has a Benjamin Franklin theme… appropriate since old Ben was one of the earlier printers and publishers in US history.

Times-Call website

Benjamin Franklin wiki

 

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where old newspaper boxes go to die

where old newspaper boxes go to die

 

 

another goose

another goose

 

with listing of all the gooses in  it's base?

with listing of all the gooses (geese?)  in its base?

 

 

There are a lot of old homes in this area… many built in the 1880′s.  Here are some memorable ones (to me)… some are newer homes…

 

Big house

Big house

 

Big house

Big house

 

Medium house

Medium house

 

small (but cute) house

small (but cute) house

 

mini-house (mother-in-laws apartment?)

mini-house (mother-in-laws apartment?)

 

 

Theater in Longmont….  Longmont Theatre Company has ‘A Little Night Music” opening soon.  I’ve also included a shot of the trojan helmet from the back side, since it used to be the Trojan Theater.

 

Colorado Actor’s Theatre (former California Actor’s Theatre) opened this weekend at their new location at Pacific Auction (former Hajek) at about 14th and Main.  They had a VERY GOOD production of Camelot which Jennifer and I saw opening this Friday… I would recommend going to see it.

 

And Jesters Theatre between 2nd and 3rd on Main opened with Fiddler on the Roof this weekend.   Also a very good production (although I may be biased here, since Jennifer plays Yenta, and I have a minor role as the Russian Constable.).  Come see us if you can!

 

Longmont Theatre Company website

Colorado Actor’s Theatre website

Jesters Dinner Theatre website

 

Coming soon

Coming soon

 

formerly the Trojan Theater

formerly the Trojan Theater

 

Thompson Park is in the center of today’s area.  Here are some pictures of an art pavillon in the park.   My only complaint is that the explanatory plaques are at shoe level.  So, for the benefit of my readers, I’ve included all three bits of historical art explanation, along with the plaques… so when you go see them,  you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees to read them…

 

Thompson Park art # 1

Thompson Park art # 1

 

Thompson Park plaque # 1

Thompson Park plaque # 1

 

Thompson Park art # 2

Thompson Park art # 2

 

Thompson Park plaque # 2

Thompson Park plaque # 2

 

Thompson  Park art # 3

Thompson Park art # 3

 

Thompson Park plaque # 3

Thompson Park plaque # 3

 

luxury class Thompson Park restroom

luxury class Thompson Park restroom

 

I like this artwork at 6th and Main… but I also like the name it has been dubbed… ‘Lump o’ Bricks’

 

Lump o' Bricks

Lump o’ Bricks

 

Lump o' Stones

Lump o’ Stones

 

 

Did not know til today that the first library in Colorado was here in Longmont.  Also, had never seen this Church of Christ Scientist plaque before (seems that Mary Baker Eddy had quite an interesting life!).  It appears it is now just a private residence.

Mary Baker Eddy wiki

 

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Total for today:  11,540  steps, 2:23 time

Three new license plates:  Michigan,  North Carolina, North Dakota

 

Turtle lover

Turtle lover

 

with window menagerie

with window menagerie

 

formerly the PSC (Xcel) offices, for the (semi) old-timers

formerly the PSC (Xcel) offices, for the (semi) old-timers

 

James CASH Penney

James CASH Penney

 

Bacchus at Callahan House

Bacchus at Callahan House

 

Fashion Show in Longmont?

Fashion Show in Longmont?

 

Dragon with duck-bill  platypus head??!?

Dragon with duck-bill platypus head??!?

 

Front yard art

Front yard art

 

Bird House

Bird House

 

BPOE

BPOE

 

But I'd love some tomorrow

But I’d love some tomorrow

 

Elephant, Rhino,  Lion, Giraffe

Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Giraffe

 

Central Elementary

Central Elementary

Back side of La Bella Vita building

Back side of La Vita Bella  building

 

somebody's been doing a lot of painting!

somebody’s been doing a lot of painting!

 

Interesting  brick work

Interesting brick work

 

Spring is here (despite tonight's snow!)

Spring is here (despite tonight’s snow!)

 

Big Fountain

Big Fountain

 

Front Yard Planter

Front Yard Planter

 

I want to get one of these for Jennifer

I want to get one of these for Jennifer

 

Electrical Box art (Leann 2011)

Electrical Box art  – amoebas and paramecium?  (Leann 2011)

 

 

Sidewalk evolution

Sidewalk evolution

 

Longmont Christian School

Longmont Christian School

 

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