The area around Granby was developed in the late 1800s and today remains true to the "Spirit of the West." It once was the Utes summer hunting ground and was shared by fur trappers and mountain men in the winters. Later, prospectors came to Lulu City and mined for gold, while loggers and homesteaders built schools and churches, forming the towns of Monarch, Selak, and Coulter. In 1905, the Moffat Railroad created a new town, putting Granby on the map. Dependable railroad access allowed ranches and businesses to thrive. The Victory Highway offered motorcars a route through the Arapaho National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park, bringing tourism to the dude ranches where guests wanted to be cowboys. After World War II, the completion of the massive Colorado Big Thompson Water Project changed the landscape when Lake Granby buried ranches and the Lindbergh airstrip. Soon locals discovered "white gold" when skiing and winter sports expanded the four-season, mountain-resort community.
The Grand County Historical Association preserves Granby's proud heritage. Dr. Penny Rafferty Hamilton, an award-winning writer and photographer, partnered with the historical association to create this book. Around Granby uses photographs gathered nationwide from archival sources, private donors, and the author's portfolio--some of these images have never before been published.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.