Jamestown (Jim Town) Colorado Townsite - Ghost town
Photos courtesy of Mike Sinnwell 2005
Unfortunately a major flood had a devastating effect on Jim Town in September of 2013. This link will provide details Flood
Jamestown was known by several different names over the course of time. First settled by George Zweck when he brought cattle into the area. The Zweck name is still a prominent name in Longmont. The first miners to the area named the place Buckhorn back in 1864/1865. After the town grew the townspeople decided to name the town Camp Jimtown. Along the way the name was changed to Jamestown. The town has a history of mining Gold, tellurium ore, silver and even supplied fluorspar during World War I.
Some famous people came to Jamestown. The uncle of the Red Baron, Baron Von Richthofen, also Griffith Evans the killer of "Rocky Mountain" Jim Nuggent and most importantly my neighbor Paul. You can see the cabin Griffith Evans built in 1872 behind the fence in the picture above. Today it is home to 275 people year round a combination of Ghost town, summer homes and a tourist stop.
A viewer writes - I showed my mother the Rocky Mountain profiles web site. She informed me that Granddads house is the one that is facing the road with the two upstairs windows broken out. When my mother went for a visit about 5 years ago the lady that runs the gift shop tried to tell her that the gift shop didn't used to be the general store, meat counter, lunch counter and post office. My mother grew up in Jamestown although most of the residents there called it Jimtown. Mr. Bassenett lived in the house directly across from my Granddads house and we used to swim in the cement canal behind his house. School house hill wasn't Mesa road and Slaughterhouse Gulch Road was just dump road. We spent ever summer there until my granddad move off the mountain for health reasons. My Uncle Al Goodard had built a house directly behind Granddads. It's sad to see his house in such shambles but from what I understand he never owned the house or land much to our sadness when he died. I would have like to have had my kids see his house the way I got to see it. If you need any information about the town my mother remembers alot of the families that lived there. She was born in boulder but grew up in Jamestown, Sunshine and Lyons. My Mothers Dad owned a bike shop in Boulder called the Spoke. I believe that the Dougherty's still live in Boulder but could be mistaken. Granddad Goodard, David Goodard was his name had 6 childred Abby, Frank, Ralph, Star, Al and my grandma Inez. All of them had children and there children spent time in Jamestown. Thank you for responding to my email. Please keep in touch. Penny Greenhill
A reader writes - Thanks for making My Day. I lived in Jamestown over 40 years ago. I have all ways mist it, I would love to came back. But don't think that will aver happen. But was good to see some of it. Thank You
A reader writes - Is one of the pictures taken in Jamestown the abandon house of the Goodard Family. My Uncle Al built a brown house directly behind my Great Grandpas house. His name was David Goodard. My mother grew up in Jamestown and we visited my grandpa there every summer until he moved off the mountain in about 1980.
A reader writes - I believe one of your pictures is of my great grandpas house, the house with the green roof. My great grandpa was David Goodard. Grandpa had six children Frank, Ralph, Star, Abby, Inez, and Al. Penny Greenhill Newport North Carolina
A viewer writes - My grandfather was a minor in Jamestown, his name was Williamson. My parents, brother and sister lived in an old boarding house in Jamestown when I was born. My mother was a teacher at the elementary school. I have many memories of my time in Jamestown even though I was a small child. I loved watching the fireworks. Even though we moved we continued through the years to come and watch every 4th. Soon after we moved out of the boarding house, it burned down. The only thing that remained was the fireplace. It had been in our family for many years and it was devastating to my mother. One thing that stands out when I think of Jamestown, is the ghost stories i grew up hearing. I have also had many a friend laugh at me when I tell them a story that I kept to myself for many years. I am the worlds biggest skeptic when it comes to ghosts! but, when I was a small child I would stand in our back yard and look across the road up to the mountain. I was only 3 or 4 but remember very well. I had what some people would call imaginary friends. To me they were very real. I would talk to them often. I know I felt that they were male and that there were two of them. I remember feeling such warmth and friendship when I would talk with them. Honestly I'm not crazy. My mother remembers me telling her all about it. I am now 37, 4 years ago I went online and read that there were two Indian chiefs who were buried on that mountain. From what I have read that area is not only rich in mining history but also Indian territory. Do you know much about that? I have many stories of that town and could write pages of it. just thought I would share a couple.
A viewer writes - August 2008 - The picture of the house with the broken windows in Jamestown was the Goodard house. Frank and I went to Jamestown in May of 2008 and took a picture of the house also. It looks exactly the same as the picture here. Barbara Goodard, Boulder, Colorado
A viewer writes - I live in Jamestown, Colorado and have my whole life, and it is not a combination "ghost town, summer homes and a tourist stop" It is home to 275 people year round and the most important thing to me in the whole world. I grew up there and the people are some of the most honest, loving and amazing people you will ever meet. Please change your description.
A viewer writes 9/2008 - Thanks I never dreamed of was finding a site about Jimtown. I grew up there as a young boy 1952 to 1959. We lived in a two story house on Main st. The Woods House. I read the guest book and it brings back many memories. The Goodard House I was in most because Roxan and I were playmates. I am the youngest of four in my family. My father died in the mine there in Sept of 1959. I have many old photos of Jamestown, B/W post cards, a 1957 school class photo, photos of the 1969 flash flood, even a News Paper from 1958. I would very much like to here from old childhood friends. Jerry Woods e-mail email@example.com
Do you know that Charlie Brown is in the class photo?
Jerry was kind enough to supply these old postcards, the newspaper clip and photos from the 1950s. The house in the bottom center is a photo for you to see what Jerry's old house looked like in 1955 and before. HE was told by his mother it was a boarding house. He is the youngest in the photo.
Oh yea google maps has a good view of most of Jimtown as it looks today. The house is, I believe 30 so. main the two story Red House Jerry
A viewer writes 12/2008 - How does one post a comment to the website, i.e., Jamestown. I am a Jamestown, 4th generation resident and the town clerk for the past 12 years. My great grandparents (Elizabeth and Erle Smith lived at 67 12th Street and owned the barn that is on the front of the web page. Thanks for putting this information into the form of a website. Quite exciting! Let me know how to post comments to it and thank you! Our official Jamestown website should be up and running in the near future.
A viewer writes 12/ 2008 - Thanks for the labor of love - I'm a 20 year Jimtown Resident, and very much appreciate your writeup of historical facts that I was unaware of. There's no need to post this on the web page. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!
A viewer writes 12/2008 - Hi there, What a great website, I really enjoyed it. I visited relatives in Jamestown, CO when I was a kid (1977). My great Aunt Margaret (Lee) ran the gift shop and my second cousin ran the general store/post office. Cousin still lives there. It is a beautiful place-- I remember swimming in the cement canals too! Sincerely, Donna from Michigan
A viewer writes 12/2008 - To Penny Greenhill - The lady running the gift shop needs to learn her Jamestown history. Our cousins ran the general store/lunch counter and post office for years. Dianne
A viewer writes - 2/24/2009 - Hi, My name is Cynthia I am a 34 year old Swiss girl that lived in Jamestown for 2 years and a half between 1980 and 1982 I went to the Elementary School and lived in a house that was before owned by a woman named Sue that had horses. I would love to get in touch with people that lived in Jamestown at that time and maybe even went to school with me. The main teacher was Jenny McCanne (I am not sure of the spelling) Those years in Jamestown were for me the best years of my childhood. I remember Tony the postman and Bianca (who is still in contact with my mom Josiane) that worked at the counter of the Merc. I just loved living in that town and would love to go back. Please if you remember me or were living there at that time send me an e-mail at : firstname.lastname@example.org I still have the class picture taken at that time if it interests you Rocky please let me know. Hope to here form you soon. Cynthia
A viewer writes - April 2/2009 - A small plea for Help – I received a request from an individual needing some help to get some additional funds for the restoration of the Jamestown Town Hall. They are running into a funding issue and want to apply for additional funds. All that is needed to help is for you to write a letter in support of the renovation and send it to the Jamestown Clerk. Here is the email address - email@example.com . If you have lived in Jamestown and can add some personal touches as to why you want the renovation to continue that would be excellent. Go ahead let’s flood them with letters.
A viewer writes - April 21/2009 - I lived in Jamestown for the first 14 years of my life (1981-1995). My favorite memories, besides my wedding and the birth of my children, are in that town. I loved Margaret Lee and her gift shop. I ate more meals at the Merc then anywhere else in my life. I even worked there a little. My mom was the town clerk for a while and she worked at the Merc many a times. My first kiss was at the fantastic waterfall. The waterfall was also where I just about broke my ankle. So many memories. Thank you for your site. Its wonderful to see all the pictures and to see the stories of fellow Jimtown people.
A viewer writes - Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - I wrote not too long ago about the first 14 years of my life and what Jamestown means to me. It meant a lot to my mom as well. Unfortunately, she passed away on April 16th. I know that she felt that a part of her belonged in Jamestown. She was best friends with Nancy Botzum (Goodard), as well as friend to many of the inhabitants. I know she missed living there almost everyday of her life. She once rode a horse the entire length of Jamestown on the bottom side of the horse. Jamestown was her life for so long. I am sorry that no one from Jamestown was able to make it to her service, but that is not what mattered to my mom. Thank you to all of you from Jamestown that helped form my mom's (Stacy) life, and for giving her the memories she had. And thank you for my memories. I will never forget that beautiful little mountain town. Anyone who needs to contact me is free to do so @ EKCorwin@yahoo.com. Jamestown is the best and it will always be in my heart.
A viewer writes - April 29, 2009 - Thank you for your note. I really do appreciate it. Wish I could find more information about the history of Jamestown. Doesn't seem to be much else out there. Thank you for having a place I can go to remember my home.
A viewer writes - August 2009 - The home in the bottom picture - two upstairs windows and a beautiful porch - is Ivydell. As a child we would come to this special place for a few weeks in the summer - a few families had gone together to get this place as a summer retreat. I was glad to learn that someone lives there again. Some of my most fond memories of childhood are in Jamestown.
A viewer writes - December 28th 2009 - hello there, my name is alistair bain i live in dundee scotland , i have a cousin who lives or used to live in jamestown in the old school house i beleive dont know if you can help or not but i would like to get back in touch. hope to hear from you soon alistair bain firstname.lastname@example.org
A viewer writes, provides a photo and some memories January 6th 2010
We happened to find the site about Jim Town (officially Jamestown). Several of us have passed some memories back and forth. You might be interested. Feel free to edit and use what you want or none at all. We have enjoyed remembering.
Compiled from cousins Art Bashford-CA, Bob Bashford-CO, and Lucille Bashford Miller-KS, and Roger Snell-WY.
Lucille: Art and I lived in Jim Town during WWII. Dad (Al Bashford) worked at the mill. I would have been 4 years old or so. My memories are of a home with the backyard slanting down to the creek. There was a big barn too, and I believe the house faced right at the road. We got our first dog when we lived there and I remember looking down through the slats of a bushel basket to see the puppy. I also remember that we hung black-out curtains and minimized the light so the enemy bombers wouldn’t be able to see us because the mill was important to the war.
I got to go to school with Art as a visitor one day. I remember a white school house up a steep hill (but that’s the mountains, isn’t it?) That day I glued pictures to a paper and it was the kitten, Puff chasing a balloon. (Do you all remember Puff from the Dick and Jane books?). The other day I found that picture in my Mom’s (Gladys Bashford) keepsakes.
Bob is a couple of years younger than I, so he has fewer memories.
My mom tells the story of living in "Jimtown", on a blizzard night when I got Pneumonia at age one. She remembered someone fixing a "whiskey hot toddy" to help with the fever and congestion, and made one for me that was a bit "strong"! I guess I was standing on my head in the corner of my crib and all sorts of funny stuff, but hey, I survived!
Lucille: The hot toddy treatment was not unusual medicine to be given to kids of any age. I remember it through my life.
Hi, I got your e-mail just as we left for a few days at Bodega Bay and nearby areas and I've been thinking about Jim Town since. I have many memories of living there. Yes Bob's family lived there when we did. Guy came over and rescued one of our Banty hens . She had fallen in at the outhouse! We had a very large white rabbit that roosted with the chickens.
Dad took Harry Covey and I to the mine. It is on the Balaratt Mountain north of town. It was an open pit mine. We stayed over night at Bob's house . All of us kids had chicken pox. The guy who ran the only bar went a little nuts from what he ate and terrorized the town one night . Dad and Guy were working that night so Dad took us to stay with Ina.
Every once in a while a big Herford range bull would go up and down the street butting doors and other things. We had to haul water for a time because a calf had died and fallen in the ditch that supplied water.
We had a small black cat have a liter of kittens under the house .We caught some of the kittens and gave them away. One family of kids slept with theirs and killed it.
Mom and I have been up there several times. It has changed but not a lot.
I know this rambles but I tried!
Roger: Roger is married to one of the Bashford cousins, but he also lived up in the mountain country. He had met Bob for the first time at a family reunion this year and they found that they both new Jim Town (and Nederland etc). He recognized the picture of the Mill that was found with Gladys Bashford’s pictures this Thanksgiving.
A special THANKS to Lucy Miller for her contributions.
A viewer writes - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 As a current resident of Jimtown (the heck with the Post Office designation of "Jamestown") for nearly 30 years, it is really heartwarming to read the reminiscences of other people to whom the town is special. We are planning a rededication ceremony for the newly renovated Town Hall within the next month - I will post the date here after it's set at a meeting tonight - and everyone is welcome to join us in the celebration! email@example.com
UPDATE ------ The date for the rededication of the Jamestown Town Hall is Saturday, April 3, starting at 4:00 p.m. We'll have a ribbon-cutting ceremony, then pot luck from 5:00 - 6:30 or so, then a dance band of some sort. Still have to get that arranged, so can't tell you what kind of music, but it will be danceable. Everyone is welcome, and feel free to bring photos and stories about Jimtown's history.
A viewer writes - Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - I lived in Jamestown from 1951 - 1962 and was thrilled to find this website and pictures. I have many wonderful memories of my childhood there. I attended many Halloween parties, Christmas parties and performed in programs and band concerts in the town hall and we even roller skated there! I became a Christian in the little church and it was used for school when they built the 'new' 3 room school house when I was in second grade! First grade was in a one room schoolhouse with all the children, an 'out - house' and we had a well pump to fill a pail for drinking water! I would build home made paper kites and catch a jet stream to fly them until they were a tiny speck, sending my brother for 'more string!!' Tree houses, sledding on frozen creeks and down the school house hill, not to mention all the natural wild life that was there then! Many bear, mountain lions, bob cats, elk, deer, golden eagles. My father was chief of 'Civil Defense Unit #5' there and he would take the fire truck to a high mountain lake and flood it smooth for fund raiser ice skating parties with gigantic toboggan and tube runs that came down and flew across the lake! Just a wonderful childhood! Email is firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone would like to chat! Rosie Long (Rosie Brown when I lived there)
A viewer writes - Friday, March 12, 2010 - Thank you so much! I am Charlie Brown (61yrs. old) I grew up in Jamestown Colorado. On your wonderful site, I am the little boy (checkered shirt) behind the princess in the class photo! I can't thank you enough! WOW!
A viewer writes Monday, August 30, 2010
Hi all former and current JimTowners!
My name is Danny Jeske. I lived in Jamestown from 1951 to 1964. I don't think there is a better place on earth for a kid to grow up than Jamestown. Have many many fond memories of the Merc, TownHall, The church and the people that lived there too. My Father worked in several of the mines and the mill. He also worked in one of the uranium mines above Jim Creek. Very Cool to hear of Rosie and Charlie Brown...and Jerry Woods. If any of you see this comment feel free to email me at email@example.com. Would be ecstatic to hear from Ya!!
Thanks for creating this site Rocky - Hopefully Later - Dan Jeske Longmont Colorado
A viewer writes - Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - It was with great interest that I read your web on Jimtown. If you will indulge me for a moment I would like to share some of my interest in Jimtown and the people who used to live there. I must tell you that I am deeply involved with family history and have a passion for information about my ancestors. Such a passion that I wrote a book on my families roots. What an undertaking.
My grandfather and grandmother, Levi (Lee) and Ruth Taylor lived across little Jim Creek, in a cabin accessible by a foot bridge that my uncle, Riley Taylor rebuilt many years ago. My grandfather and uncle died in 1936, a year before I was born. Riley died after swimming in a cold, springfed pool after a days hard work in a mine. My grandmother lived in that cabin for a number of years before moving to a log cabin about two or three doors down the street from the mercantile. I was told that this cabin was the first cabin built in Jimtown. I don't know that to be a fact. Later, because of her advancing age, my grandmother moved to Nebraska to be near her daughter who was my mother. I have many fond memories of childhood visits to Jimtown. My grandparents and my uncle are buried in the Jimtown cemetery. We recently visited the site and were very pleased to see that someone had cleaned the brush from around the tombstones of my ancestor's graves. I would personally like to thank whoever did that. We don't visit Jimtown that often but it is a pleasant town and the roar of Jimcreek is a childhood memory that I will not soon forget. I would greatly appreciate any information on Jimtown that anyone might be able to share. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
You have a great web site. Thank you for all your effort. Duane Schmidt 2635 Arrow Ridge Pl. Lincoln, NE 68506
A viewer writes Thursday November 11th 2010 - Hi Rocky. I have been looking over your latest Jimtown post and sent a couple e-mails too old school mates. I sure do hope to get a reply. You have done more for us old Jimtowners than you know. To bad more folks wont leave there e-mail address. Anyway I have a link I want to share with you < Just take time to search it out it is fantastic. Jerry Woods p.s. keep up the good work.
A viewer writes - Saturday, July 02, 2011 - My name is Doris (Dougherty) Truby and I lived in Jamestown (only our elders called it Jim Town) from 1949 until about 1965,although I went back very often to visit my Grandparents; Dave and Ruth Goodard. My children got to enjoy this homestead until 1981 when Dave passed. I have only been back once as I now live in North Carolina and that was about 7 or 8 years ago. My Mom was Inie (Inez) and my Uncle Al lived in Jamestown until recently.I was very surprised to learn my cousins Charlie and Rosie were still around! I'm the girl with the braids standing next to Charlie in the Reed class photo. I remember the Jeske family very well, especially Mike, for someone that was special, he was the only one that remembered my birthday many years after moving away. When I visited Jamestown I was saddened at the decline of Grandpas house but amazed that MY house was in very good shape and being lived in. Often thought of writing my memories of life there, as my Grandchildren love hearing about 'back then'. Names that pop into my head are; Dean and Gene Sapp, Willa Jean and Alpha May Hamlin, Larry Upp, Mrs. Lively, Trista Perrin (her father was the preacher) Dennis Reed, 'Monk' and Grace Gunn, the Jansens and the Coatsworths...lots of names lots of very dear memories!! My email add.; email@example.com
A viewer writes - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 -- Hi, my name is Ralph Kemptner, I believe my great grandfather Ernest Owen Kemptner was mayor of Jamestown for a short while, some time around 1930. I'm told he also owned a silver mine. I would love to have any information regarding him that is available. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
A viewer writes - Mon 7/2/2012 10:13 AM -- Please forward this to the person who is knowledgeable about Jamestown (Jimtown) Colorado. I'd like to find who to James (or Jim) was that the town of Jamestown is named for. Any ideas? I'm descended from people who were in this area from the earliest days of the gold mining operations. There is a Jim Creek that has a ditch above it that was dug by one of my ancestors, James Arbuthnot. Is the town named for the same person? There is also a James Park above Ward who was a Baptist Minister - could this be the person that the town was named for? Thank you for any help you can give in this matter. -- Donlyn Arbuthnot (I'll be in the Niwot Parade on July 4th - Niwot Historical Society)
A viewer writes -- Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:16 PM -- Jamestown Colorado -- The attached photo has come down on my mothers side and we believe it to be the homestead of my great-grand aunt Miranda A. Johnson nee Cady. She and her sisters moved from upstate NY, probably in the 1880s, to the Denver area, married, and were known to live in Longmont and Miranda is in the 1920 census as residing in Jamestown, widowed and aged 64. The terrain behind the house looks like that of the pics in the Jamestown page.
Can anyone with knowledge of the history of Jamestown identify this home and/or know of Johnson's who lived there at the turn of the last century or earlier? If so, please contact email@example.com. Steve Tice Great Falls, VA
A viewer writes -- Friday August 17th 2012 -- In response to some questions about how Jim Town got it's name.
Thank you Mike - I'm not surprised that this is not better documented, to bad. I am very familiar with George Zweck, he knew my family. Here is my connection to Jim Town and James Creek -
My Arbuthnot descendants came in 1859 for Gold, C. W. Arbuthnot was Constable in Gold Hill Mining District from 1860 to 1862. He brought four sons and a son-in-law with him. One of those sons was James Arbuthnot. They went up and down Left Hand canyon a lot as another brother was at Haystack Mountain, digging ditches and setting up the farm to feed the family. Jim Arbuthnot along with Indian Jack went up above Ward, above James Creek and dug a ditch diverting water from the South St. Vrain to their Left Hand Ditch, guiding the water down to a pond. It is this pond that James Creek flows from. There was a dispute over this diversion and in 1882, the Colorado Superme Court settled the dispute in favor of the Left Hand Ditch Co. It is now a famous court case in water law and is studied at law universities all over the world. I believe that James Creek and James Town are named for James Arbuthnot - but have not yet found hard evidence to back this up. And you are right, all of my relatives refer to the town as Jim Town (only the non-locals called it James Town). Jim Arbuthnot's brother, Samuel was the President of the Left Hand Ditch Co. when they went to court. William Arbuthnot, the one at Haystack Mt., is my Great-grandfather.
Another miner turned ditch digger was Nicholas Bader who also came out in 1859. He lived in the area of Jim town before George Zweck lived there so George wasn't the first, he was just the most organized and got the town recognized as a town. Somewhere there is a photo of him and his wife out at Haystack Mountain when they came to visit my Arbuthnot family there. (My family were the first to own Haystack Mountain from the Government - they paid cash for it $1.25 an acre.) It is well documented that Nicholas' brother came looking for him after the Civil War. In 1866, J. George Bader found Nick in... Jim Town - long before Zweck officially founded the town of James Town. George and his two children, Fred and Mary Bader lived in Jim Town for a year before relocating downstream west of Haystack Mt. Fred Bader married a Jim Town girl - Ada Boot (who is buried in the cemetery up there). Mary Bader (my Great-grandmother) married William Arbuthnot and made their home where the Haystack Mt. Golf Course is today. (My Grandfather was born there in 1869 and my father in 1911).
Also, at the base of Left Hand Canyon was the community of Altona - this community was started by several of the miners including Nicholas Bader. You can still see the old schoolhouse that he built as the fire department is using it now. There is a similar school house on his brother's property that is known as the Bader School. I think that many who started out at Altona moved up to Jim Town as I don't think the Haldi's that were at Altona were that easy to get along with (from what I can tell).
Well, that is my Jim Town connections. I've exhausted the information at Carnegie in Boulder, the state archives and I'm now working on the National Archives (in Denver and in D.C.). Some day, I hope to publish the time-line I'm preparing of my Bader-Arbuthnot relations - it gives a much broader look at our Boulder County history and how inter-related the various communities were.
I hope to meet you sometime Mike, I dress up as my ancestors and tell their stories. It's been very fun. I'll be up at the Gold HIll Museum on Aug 26th as Frannie Arbuthnot - wife of Sheriff Carson Arbuthnot. I'll be sharing the local histories with visitors as they come to the museum. If you are free that day, come on up - would love to visit some more with you.
-- Donlyn www.HomesteadOrigins.com Genealogist, Boulder Genealogical Society
A viewer writes - Monday, January 07, 2013 -- I am the eldest child of Doris (Dougherty) Truby. I have many fond memories visiting Jamestown and my great grandfather David Goodard. The house with the broken windows is Dave Goodards home, and about 13 years ago my great uncle Al, David Goodard's son told me that the old house was not worth fixing and he was just waiting for a good gust of wind to blow it over. I really miss those days.
A viewer writes - Tuesday, February 19, 2013 -- I just found this site, what a surprise to see that both my cousin & her daughter had submitted comments. Yes, I too am an ex-Jimtowner, my Grandparents were Dave & Ruth Goodard. My Mom, Abby is their oldest daughter. We lived off and on in and around Jimtown for years. However, we also lived in another 'Ghost Town' that you have listed, in Sunshine. To see Grandma & Grandpa,we would leave Sunshine drive up through Gold Hill, then go down Left Hand Canyon turn left at the bridge then on to Jimtown. When we weren't actually living there, We made this trip every Sunday for dinner at Grandma & Grandpa's.
I remember, the gas pumps at the store, and getting candy there 2 for a penny & my Aunt Star buying me a soda for a nickel, and making sure we picked up the mail. The post office was also in the store. I remember my Dad and Uncles playing music for dances at the Town Hall and that area directly across from the Church was called the baseball field, at that time it was just called that because everyone that I knew, used it as a place to turn around in. I also remember that land that they later used as a tailings pond, was where Mrs. Cobb lived, Grandma use to get her eggs from her. (I think the tailings pond is now the where the baseball diamond is located.)
It was exciting to see comments from Rosie and her brother Charlie Brown. I remember the Hamlin's, the Jeske's, Gunn's, Perrin's, Dayhoff's, Jenson's, Sapp's, Pennington's, Seltman's, Daniels, Helen Duff and many many more.
Thank you for offering this opportunity to remember Jimtown and all the good thoughts that go along with that. Sincerely, Barb Tyrer-Beauchamp,
A viewer writes - Monday, July 15, 2013 -- I can't believe I found this site. I grew up in Jamestown from 1960-1975, and traveled the circuit of all the names that were mentioned. I tell stories of my growing up days all the time to my kids and now their kids, and no one can believe the stories. Only those of us who lived through the penny candy, charging food at the merc, going to the school with 1-2-3rd grades all in the same class room and Mr Stewart getting after us. Man those were the days. Love, laughs, lots of fun. I remembering running non stop with Larry Rivers from the merc to the top of Porfry dyke, just to say we did. I remember finding a 5 gal jar of moonshine and telling one of the locals, and him telling us that HE would take care of it. I remember the 4 of July Pancake breakfast and all the pot luck dinners on fri nightes, as well As coffee time with Florence and Everett wherever he/we were building a house. Well, that's enough remembering for now, by the way, I'm the middle of the Blondeau boys and my email is rev828@ bellsouth.net just in case anyone remembers. I thought Annie and I were the only ones left crept my two bro's.
How funny that I found the Jimtown site. I grew up there as well from1960 to 1975 when I finished college. All the names listed are fantastic. I played with each of them at one time or another. In fact, Charlie Brown knocked out my front tooth in his front yard when I was 11 or so. I rember Rosie as well. What a great place to grow up. We had so many "Parents" we couldn't get away with anything. I rember working for EverettmWalker and building half if the buildings in town, including the Lees diner and the addition to the church. My parents owned the post office and the baseball field was the only space in town to play unless you went to the tailings pond. Well, I would be interested in hearing from some of my peers, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org I'm one of the Blondeau boys, the middle one, if anyone remembers.
A viewer writes - Sunday September 15th, 2013 -- My 4 children and I lived in Jamestown from 1970 - 1975, living in the house Ed Anderson owned at the base of the front hill and across the creek from the merc & town hall. Ed was a great old character and let us stable our horse at his place. In those days Jamestown was magical - very egalitarian and a community with great spirit. Our friends there were people we will always treasure - especially the Bussian family. So sad to hear about Erich and then, less than 2 mos later, the terrible devastation. Thank God most people survived. So many wonderful memories - melodramas at the townhall - and yoga! - taking the town kids Christmas caroling - a school with wonderful teachers (thank you, Barbara Heaton). We will always be grateful for those years. A piece of my heart stayed in Jamestown, the best place I ever lived. Laura Cardamon
A viewer writes Monday September 16th, 2013 -- Oh my I am so happy I found this site. My name is Bonnie Sewell, Warner, Simpson. I was raised in Jamestown. When I get back to Co, I always go and check Jamestown out. Yes we knew the Goodards very well. My sister Mary married Frank Goodard. They had two girls and later divorced. WE as the Sewell family, my dad Larry, my mom Nita, Betty, Mary, myself, Bonnie Brother Bob, John and Gary. My Sister Betty lives in Firestone now. My brother John in Platteville, brother Gary in Firestone, Sister Mary in Ky. and my self in Ca. We lost brother Bob last Dec. So sad. We lived on the hill by the Sapps across from the mill. I just can't believe Jamestown suffered so much loss in the recent flood which is still going on. I am Bonnie Sewell email email@example.com
A viewer writes Wednesday September 18th, 2013 -- Jamestown Mercantile store-- My parents, Robert and Marion Mills purchased the store in early 1953 and took possession in May or June,1953. They carried some groceries, sodas, and some .dry goods. Later meat, milk, etc., were added. The lunch counter was added that winter or early 1954. Mom also became the post master. The second floor was a big open space that at one time was reported to be the largest Masonic Hall in Colorado, even Denver's. Dad built 2-3 room apartments, and 1 or 2 -sleeping rooms. There was a 1 or 2 hole outhouse just outside the second floor door. I used one of those sleeping rooms all summer in 1954 between school semesters. One thing I did that summer besides visit numerous mining sites was to go into Boulder and buy groceries, meat, milk, etc.
Dad later rented a building across the street from the store where he had a cabinet shop. When I visit Jamestown in 1995, I used the new Post Office that had been built across street and a little west from the store.
Question, are there traces of the railroad bed that could be seen as one drove up the canyon from, I think was Hwy 7 north out of Boulder along the foot hills. - Lee Mills
Rocky Responds - Yep you could see traces of the railroad grade. Actually it was highway 36 and then up left hand canyon rd. Not sure now as after the floods I have not been up there.
Mike, I forgot to mention that there were two hand pump gas pumps out in front of the store, about where the door to the Post Office was. The mail delivery man was the only one to use that door. All individual mail had to be picked up inside the store. I forgot to mention that the pumps were gravity emptied. I think a mechanical counter totaled the gallons delivered and cost. On the town hall side of the store was a little room that was locked up at night where oil, antifreeze, etc. was kept. I don't recall seeing any sacks of coal. Thanks for your reply. Lee Mills
A viewer writes - Sunday, October 26, 2014 -- Jim town! I grew up in these parts. I'm 54 years old. My dad was born in Lyons in the mid 30s. 1935 as matter of fact. My grandfather supplied most of all the stone in which to build the Church up on Peak to Peak. He and my great uncle (brothers) set all that stone they supplied back in the 30s. My grandfather was a real mountain man. The long hair, the beard, and the Axe he carried over his shoulder was for him his way of living. He made and sold fence posts. My great grandfather settled on the bottom of Mt. Meeker in the early 1900s. I grew up in the 60s and I remember cutting alot of christmas trees every year up and around past the old Jimtown dump. Our family had been doing this since the early 30s also. Our tree permit was only $10 dollars a year as my older brother renewed it after my grandfather and dad passed away. My older passed away too. We used to sell the trees behind the Mac'Donalds in Boulder. (crossroads).The house in the main picture brings an old memory. My dad had a best friend that lived there. His name was Dewayne i believe. We were always up in that neck of the woods. Fish'in or hunt'in as usual. My favorite place was always Overland. I used to bring home 18 to 20 inch Golden trout as a kid. Now I don't go there. My last name is Shuler
A viewer writes - Thursday March 26th, 2015 -- Hi, My name is Barbara Ingram and I do genealogy research. My grandmother apparently was born here but I can not find out any information on her father. I was looking online and came across your posting of pictures and your site you stated that your mother was also born here. I was wondering if you would have any information of people from this town back in the early 1900's or even late 1800's. My grandmother was born in 1906, her name was Nancy Elaine Duncan. Her father's name was James Harvey Duncan and her mother was Saddie Mosher Duncan. He apparently died prior to 1910 as I found my grandmother and her mom on the 1910 census but her mom was listed as a widow. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Barbara ( Bingram83@yahoo.com )
A viewer writes - On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 7:27 PM Carmin Rosebrough wrote – My parents, sister Janet and I, lived in Jimtown from about 1934 until around 1939, but visited closest family friends frequently for more than 18 years. Florence and Everett Walker and daughter Delores “Skip” Walker Dalton; Genevieve and Ray Imel & sons, Ray and Don; Edith and Hank Ernst and daughter, Arlene, until they moved to Alaska to seek gold.
We lived in the 3-room house across the creek from the church and my parents bought five acres down the road from the schoolhouse on the upper hill. They sold the 5 acres to Delores “Skip” Walker Dalton and her husband and they built a nice house on this land. As a teenager my sister and I, with 2 of our friends, camped on this beautiful spot for a week.
I occasionally spent weekends with my friend, Joan Mumford, whose parents owned the store at that time. My fondest memories are of Jimtown and the wonderful family friends we knew there.
Carmin Schulz Rosebrough