Boulder is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year and today citizens were invited to kick off the extended celebration by ringing a bell 150 times at noon. This was just the first in a series of events to mark the first 150 years of Boulder.

To learn more about the history of Boulder I would recommend the Boulder History Museum and the Carnegie Library.

Here is a timeline and some old photos offered on the Boulder History Museum website.

The best resource for the events surrounding the sesquicentennial is located at

The Daily Camera has also done a nice job this week in documenting the celebration and the history of our fine city.

Here is a good interactive timeline which gives a good event history with photos. I like the flipbook option.

Here is a video showing the ringing of the bell at the Methodist Church at 15th and Spruce. The Methodist Church was established in 1859, the year Boulder was founded.

Next Tuesday, February 17th you might want to attend the first of six lectures about Boulder entitled Native Americans: the Boulder before Boulder. The lecture will begin at 7 PM at Boulder’s Main Branch Library Canyon Theater and is presented by the Boulder History Museum and the Boulder Public Library.

As a Boulder native I am always interested in the changes that Boulder has seen over the years. I love to hear the stories of what Boulder was like when my dad came to town in the 1950’s to attend CU. Boulder was a much different place than it is now. One story I especially like is the recollection of horse stables at Chautauqua and riding the horses down Baseline Road to the end of town. The eastern end of town at that time was Broadway, from there it was dirt roads to Kansas.

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