September 14 (part 1) — Historic East Side Longmont (southern half)

North of 3rd, west of Martin, south of 6th, east of Main.

Total for today (part 1) :   20,110 steps and  3:56 time.  Grand total for both parts of today’s walk:  32,670 steps and 6:11 time.

This is my first walk after the flooding started (see prior blog Digression — Longmont Flood if somehow you haven’t heard about it!)   I wanted to stay on the north side of town, to avoid having to cross any flooded areas, but wanted to see what effect I could see to the south.  As it turns out, there were only three things I saw that gave me any indication of any flooding problems.   The obvious one is the southwest corner of today’s walk, at 3rd and Main.  Main Street was still closed south of that intersection. The St. Vrain crosses Main St. (also known as highway 287) maybe a quarter mile south of there.

The other two things were more helicopters going overhead than usual, and heavier traffic on 3rd Avenue than usual.  I saw maybe half a dozen helicopters during my walk… they all seemed to be headed north, maybe toward Loveland or Ft. Collins, which were experiencing flooding problems.    Vehicle traffic on 3rd at Martin was backed up about a block or two when the light turned red.  Presumably this is because of people that would normally go up Main or Sunset would have to circle around to Ken Pratt east and then come back in on 3rd (or vice versa).

Highway 287 flooded and closed  -- looking south from 3rd and Main

Highway 287 flooded and closed — looking south from 3rd and Main

 

One helicopter

One helicopter

Two helicopter

Two helicopter

Traffic backed up looking west from 3rd and Martin

Traffic backed up looking west from 3rd and Martin

 

ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH / PLAZA

As the plaque below indicates, the old St. Stephen’s church is the oldest church building still standing in Longmont, built in 1881.   The St. Vrain Historical Society now operates it, and there is a park with artwork in the plaza around it.  On the sidewalk out front is an embedded plaque showing the layout for early Longmont.

St. Stephens

St. Stephens

 

St. Stephen's Plaza

St. Stephen’s Plaza

 

City layout

City layout

 

City layout closeup # 1

City layout closeup # 1

 

City layout closeup # 2

City layout closeup # 2

 

mosaic

mosaic

 

fountain

fountain

sculpture

sculpture

 

shadow sculpture again roof

shadow sculpture again roof

 

VARIOUS BUSINESSES / CIVIC BUILDINGS / CHURCHES IN THE AREA

BUSINESSES

Red Zone (part of The Pumphouse)

Red Zone (part of The Pumphouse)

 

Mike O'Shay's (been around as long as I can remember)

Mike O’Shay’s (been around as long as I can remember)

 

Barbed Wire Books

Barbed Wire Books

 

Winchell's

Winchell’s

 

Cool Egyptian stuff in here (plus Yarn Shoppe)

Cool Egyptian stuff in here (plus Yarn Shoppe)

 

High Altitude Archery

High Altitude Archery

 

Muse Gallery

Muse Gallery

 

lots of cool stuff in here

lots of cool stuff in here

 

my daughter works for RMOMS (not at this office, though)

my daughter works for RMOMS (not at this office, though)

 

a Longmont institution

a Longmont institution

 

historic Dickens Opera House (restaurant)

historic Dickens Opera House (restaurant)

Good wings!

Good wings!

 

OUR Center (soon moving across the street?)

OUR Center (soon moving across the street?)

 

Veterinary

Veterinary

 

 

500 Kimbark

500 Kimbark

I like the plants on the roof

I like the plants on the roof

 

bygone clothing store (owner was one of the top golfers in town, I believe)

bygone clothing store (owner was one of the top golfers in town, I believe)

 

this may have been before my time --- don't remember it

this may have been before my time — don’t remember it

 

Longmont Cable Trust (business or civic?)

Longmont Cable Trust (business or civic?)

 

Lucile's Creole restaurant

Lucile’s Creole restaurant

 

Rabid Rabbits

Rabid Rabbits

 

I believe this belongs to Comcast

I believe this belongs to Comcast

 

CIVIC BUILDINGS

not sure -- used to be Chamber of Commerce?

not sure — used to be Chamber of Commerce?

 

Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce

 

El Comite (The Committee?)

El Comite (The Committee?)

 

Used to get your driver's license here

Used to get your driver’s license here

 

used to be the Longmont Museum

used to be the Longmont Museum

 

Civic Center

Civic Center

 

Three time capsules

Three time capsules

 

Longmont Library (west entrance)

Longmont Library (west entrance)

 

close-up of library west side

close-up of library west side

 

Lego exhibit at the museum

Lego exhibit at the museum

 

Longmont Library east entrance

Longmont Library east entrance

near library east entrance

near library east entrance

 

 

City of Longmont Development & Service Center (whatever that means?!)

City of Longmont Development & Service Center (whatever that means?!)

 

CHURCHES

Central Presbyterian # 1

Central Presbyterian # 1

 

Central Presbyterian # 2

Central Presbyterian # 2

 

Central Presbyterian # 3

Central Presbyterian # 3

 

St. John's Catholic # 1

St. John’s Catholic # 1

 

St. John's Catholic # 2

St. John’s Catholic # 2

 

St. John's school # 1

St. John’s school # 1

 

St. John's school # 2

St. John’s school # 2

 

AND HERE’S THE BEST OF THE REST…  (55 more, to be exact)

(and once again, sorry if I’m inundating you with pictures… it’s just that these older parts of town have so much to interest me…  but I won’t be insulted if you skip them.)

quaint house

quaint house

 

another animal to watch out  for

another animal to watch out for

 

chainsaw decor

chainsaw decor

 

guard dog

guard dog

 

plate flowerbed border (second one I've seen in Longmont)

plate flowerbed border (second one I’ve seen in Longmont)

 

street number

street number

 

cool tree house

cool tree house

 

old farm machinery

old farm machinery

 

curb flowers

curb flowers

 

RR tracks

RR tracks (vanishing point)

 

New alley (vanishing point)

New alley (vanishing point)

another quaint hous

another quaint hous

 

Very old gas pump (I think)

Very old gas pump (I think)

 

catching fish

catching fish

 

downtown event

downtown event

 

four thrones

four thrones

 

electrical box art sides 1 & 2

electrical box art sides 1 & 2

 

electrical box art sides 3 & 4

electrical box art sides 3 & 4

 

Remembrance of Windows Past

Remembrance of Windows Past

 

Gamma Acosta mural alley

Gamma Acosta mural alley

 

Artwork still in progress

Artwork still in progress

 

Needs some dental work (not sure what this is)

Needs some dental work (not sure what this is)

 

cool brick work

cool brick work

 

cool brick work private entrance

cool brick work private entrance

 

helping keep the area clean

helping keep the area clean

 

modern art

modern art

 

I mainly know Betty Boop from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

I mainly know Betty Boop from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’

 

conical entry

conical entry

 

Three stallions champing at the bit

Three stallions champing at the bit

 

bubble rock entryway

bubble rock entryway

 

Kimbark apartments

Kimbark apartments

 

not sure what this is, but I like it

not sure what this is, but I like it

 

not satisfied with just pink flamingoes... but wait...

not satisfied with just pink flamingoes… but wait…

... just a block or two away... even MORE colorful  flamingoes!

… just a block or two away… even MORE colorful flamingoes!

 

 

reclining Buddha

reclining Buddha

Mary in the eavesMary in the eaves

another conical entry

another conical entry

 

 

Reflections of a Street Walker

Reflections of a Street Walker

 

 

Geese in formation overhead

Geese in formation overhead

 

 

Pumpkin patch overflowing into the street

Pumpkin patch overflowing into the street

 

 

that passive-aggressive dog again

that passive-aggressive dog again

 

 

and another of those what-do-you-call-ums

and another of those what-do-you-call-ums

 

 

cool house

cool house

 

 

old cornerpost

old cornerpost

 

 

another old windmill vane

another old windmill vane

 

 

historic building (now apartments, I believe)

historic building (now apartments, I believe)i

 

 

let me in, please

let me in, please

 

 

cute car-let

cute car-let

 

 

old shed (added on to twice?)

old shed (added on to twice?)

 

 

not sure what this is... old well?

not sure what this is… old well?

 

 

you don't want to know what goes on in Sal's garage

you don’t want to know what goes on in Sal’s garage

 

 

I missed this high fence post elephant the first time I walked by

I missed this high fence post elephant the first time I walked by

 

 

nice sentiments

nice sentiments

 

 

fractional street name??!?

fractional street name??!?

 

 

Purple Fence

Purple Fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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