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Pauli Driver-Smith, a Highlandlake historian and volunteer for the historic committee, welcomes
visitors of the Berthoud Historical Society’s Berthoud Backroads field trip on July 11.
May Soricelli / The Surveyor

The history surrounding us

Discovering the history that lives on Berthoud’s back roads By May Soricelli The Surveyor “The people of this part of Colorado know all about Highlandlake, but for others, elsewhere, we… Read more »

Native Missourian, John Carroll Ish,
survived imprisonment and seven
wounds suffered during the Civil War
to become one of the Little Thompson
Valley’s early citizens.
Photo courtesy "History of Larimer County" by Ansel Watrous

Reservoir south of Berthoud named for Capt. John C. Ish

Mark French Tales of the Little Thompson Ish Reservoir is located between Berthoud and Longmont. It can be seen on the east side of Highway 287 near the Larimer-Boulder county… Read more »

Michael Georges takes the guests of the Berthoud Historical Society's Garden Party through the wine tasting portion of the event. Here he presents Blue Mountain Vineyard's Pinot Grigio and demonstrates placing a frozen peach slice into their glass, explaining how the flavors of the peach incorporate with the wine as it thaws. The "Garden" was filled with sophistication in the music, fruit and cheese platters, and the dress of the guests. 
May Soricelli / The Surveyor

The finer things

Old Berthoud School” located on the Little Thompson river bottom was constructed
in 1883. The original school district split into two separate districts the
year prior when a dispute arose over the location where a new school building
should be constructed.

Photo courtesy of the Berthoud Historical Society

Dispute over site caused early school district to split

  Tales of the Little Thompson By Mark French The Surveyor The first school district to be organized in the Little Thompson Valley was Larimer County District No. 13. The… Read more »

Berthoud Hall at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., was named in
honor of Captain E.L. Berthoud. Also the namesake of the town of Berthoud,
Captain Berthoud surveyed the course of the Colorado Central Railroad between
Longmont and Cheyenne (and through the Little Thompson Valley) in the
Photo courtesy of Berthoud Historical Society

School of Mines building bears name of Berthoud’s namesake

Mark French Tales of the Little Thompson Capt. Edward L. Berthoud was one of the men who helped establish the Colorado School of Mines. In 1870 he was among the… Read more »

The home of Berthoud’s day marshal, Ross Haworth, was targeted by thieves in
June 1932. Haworth and his wife bought the house at 725 W. Welch Ave. earlier
that year for the sum of $1,500. On the evening of the crime wave, Berthoud’s
night marshal was L.O. Rockwell.
Photo courtesy Berthoud Historical Society, A. Haworth Collection

Depression crime wave swept Welch Avenue in June 1932

By Mark French Tales of the Little Thompson Times were hard in 1932. America was at the depth of the Depression, and little farm hamlets like Berthoud felt its full… Read more »

Sim Jefferes (left) and Ed Wray (right) were among the Berthoud men who raced up Kelly Hill in 1917. Today their makeshift race track is a heavily traveled segment of Highway 287 southwest of Berthoud.
Photo courtesy of the Berthoud Historical Society

Automobiles raced and wrecked on Kelly and Windnagel hills

Tales of the Little Thompson By Mark French The Surveyor Most people are unaware that the hills on Highway 287 between Longmont and Berthoud were known to the area’s early… Read more »