Amos Dickson’s Glenwood Post promoted education, community involvement |

Amos Dickson’s Glenwood Post promoted education, community involvement

Willa Soncarty
Registrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum

Amos Dickson was a leader. By the age of 28 he had completed high school, attended the State University of Kansas, taught school, operated a book and stationery store, served as a deputy clerk, located a Colorado homestead, and as assistant engineer, surveyed for the Colorado Midland Railway.

However, Amos Dickson found himself unemployed in 1889. Traveling westward, he arrived at Glenwood Springs in December. Immediately, Amos Dickson knew opportunity abounded here.

Soon, Dickson became deputy clerk for Garfield County. Keenly interested in agricultural development, in 1895 he formed his own insurance and real estate company. In 1898, he purchased a struggling newspaper named the Glenwood Post.

In owning the Glenwood Post, Dickson not only created a diary of the happenings of the community, but he made the publication his mouthpiece for education, community improvement, and his convictions.

It was written that his news and editorial pages “exerted a definite influence in the building of the town and were widely read throughout the state, combining to make one of the strongest of the Colorado weekly publications.”

His active involvement in the Odd Fellows Lodge, the Methodist Church and service as division irrigation engineer kept him connected with his community.

When he sold the Glenwood Post in 1932, he wrote, “I have sought to do my part in making Glenwood Springs and Garfield County a better place to live and rear our families and enjoy life.”

Amos Dickson pushed our community as a whole toward that end.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday.

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