Collection: Boulder County Parks and Open Space

Aragon, Virginia – OH1492
Interview Date: February 6, 2008

Virginia Aragon has a conservation easement with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks department. In this interview, Virginia describes growing up on ranches owned by her parents, Kingdon Karlisle Parsons and Marion Parsons, on South Boulder Road and later … Continue reading

Autrey, George – OH0536
Interview Date: 1991

People: George  Autrey.   Places: Boulder.   Subjects: landowners in Boulder, farm; Open Space; changes in Boulder, Royal Neighbors; old Fairview School; (1946) train derailment; silo fire.  

Betasso, Ernie – OH0225
Interview Date: 1983

People: Ernie Betasso.   Places: Sugarloaf.   Subjects: History of park and forest areas around Boulder.  

Betasso, Ernie – OH0227
Interview Date: 1976

People: Ernie Betasso.   Places: Sugarloaf.   Subjects: Social and mining history, 1900-1945. Recorded for the History of Sugarloaf Project, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Humanities Program in 1977.  

Buckingham, Louise Cheney – OH0353
Interview Date: 1971

93 years old; Buckingham lands; Central Park; Park Board; deBoer, Eben Fine; Flagstaff; parks in Boulder; Harbeck House; greenbelt; Mont Alto.    

Burd, Donald – OH2010
Interview Date: 1/29/2015

Don Burd is the head of the Buildings and Historic Preservation Department for Boulder County Parks and Open Space. He has worked for that department since 1980, and he talks about the department’s growth (from 10 to more than 120 … Continue reading

Campbell, Rosemary Coughlin – OH1768
Interview Date: 2012

Boulder native Rosemary Campbell discusses growing up on a Boulder farm during the 1940s and 1950s. Her education began at a country school and progressed to Casey Junior High and Boulder High; she recalls cultural differences such as playing softball … Continue reading

Carlson, Oscar – OH1353
Interview Date: 2005

People: Oscar Carlson, George and Bertha Carlson   Places: Longmont, Galeton (Colorado), Byers (Colorado), Jordan, Pakistan, Minnesota   Topics: sale of farm land to Boulder County Parks and Open Space, childhood in Galeton, farming in Byers, college education, attempts to … Continue reading

Dietze, Peter C. – OH1445
Interview Date: 2006

Amusing anecdotes about being City Attorney. City of Boulder Open Space (condemnation of land for open space, funding of open space). City planning (spokes of the wheel concept, development of Pearl Street Mall). Expansion of Boulder’s north-south roads. Jobs as … Continue reading

Foley, Mary Jane – OH1338
Interview Date: 2005

People: W. W. Degge, Peter Leyner   Places: Boulder, North Boulder   Subjects: area south of Baseline in the 1940s (Martin’s Farm which later became Martin Acres, hunting on Toedli’s Ranch), change in names of Boulder streets from numbered avenues … Continue reading

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