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This video will take you through the renovation of the Imperial Hotel, Longmont, CO. Guided tour with Sarah Carrillo and hosted by Nigel Aves.

To keep up to date with the Imperial 301; Sarah is creating/created a new website. Also lots more information on the building and it's history. Follow the progress on the Imperial 301 here:

Longmont's history is fascinating, with stories ranging from ancient indigenous presence to its unique founding by Chicagoans! Here's a brief overview:

Early Inhabitants:

The land around Longmont has been home to various indigenous peoples for thousands of years, starting with the Clovis people about 14,000 years ago.
The dry climate made permanent habitation challenging, but evidence suggests sporadic settlements by groups like the Folsom and Plano peoples.
The Chicago-Colorado Colony:

In 1871, a group of Chicagoans, led by Reverend Robert Collyer, envisioned a utopian town in Colorado. They established the "Chicago-Colorado Colony," selling memberships to finance the purchase of land near Longs Peak.
By summer 1871, a planned town called Longmont, after the towering mountain, was up and running, with streets laid out in a grid pattern within a square mile.
Early Growth and Industry:

The arrival of the Colorado Central Railroad in 1873 boosted Longmont's economy. Agriculture flourished, and industries like the J.H. Empson Cannery and the Great Western Sugar Factory became major employers.
Longmont even celebrated its agricultural heritage with "Pumpkin Pie Days" from 1899 to 1915, drawing crowds with thousands of pies!
20th-Century Transformations:

The 20th century saw significant changes in Longmont. The Kuner-Empson cannery and Great Western Sugar factory closed, impacting the agricultural scene.
However, new industries like IBM and the U.S. Air Traffic Control Center arrived, leading to population growth and a shift towards technology and services.
Modern Longmont:

Today, Longmont is a thriving city with a population of over 100,000. Its economy is diverse, encompassing technology, healthcare, education, and more.
The city prides itself on its commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness, earning the nickname "Sunshine City" for its abundant sunshine and focus on renewable energy.
This is just a glimpse into Longmont's rich history. The historic Main Street district in Longmont, Colorado is a vibrant and charming area with a rich history. Here are a few of the highlights:

Visit Longmont Colorado: This visitor center is a great place to start your exploration of the district. They can provide you with information on local attractions, events, and dining.
City of Longmont Callahan House: This 1892 Queen Anne-style house is a popular event venue and a beautiful example of Victorian architecture.
St Stephen's Plaza: This historic plaza is a great place to relax and people-watch. It's also home to a number of shops and restaurants.
Old Mill Park: This park features several 19th-century cabins, a gazebo, and gardens. It's a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Old Town Marketplace: This outdoor shopping mall is home to a variety of local shops and boutiques. It's a great place to find unique souvenirs and gifts.
If you're interested in learning more about the history of the district, I recommend checking out the website of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority. They have a wealth of information about the district's past, present, and future.

I hope this helps you plan your visit to the historic Main Street district in Longmont!
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