In 1902, first car arrived in Glenwood, and town’s never been the same since |

In 1902, first car arrived in Glenwood, and town’s never been the same since

In 1902, an improved road through the rugged Glenwood Canyon was completed. The road was welcomed by all, for it opened the way for a new type of transportation to and from Glenwood Springs: the automobile.

Shortly after the completion of the Glenwood Canyon road, the first intrepid motorists arrived. W.W. Pierce and C.E. Smith chugged into Glenwood Springs on Sept. 30, 1902, making theirs the first recorded visit of a horseless carriage to Glenwood Springs.

Other automobiles would soon follow. A year later, the Packard Motor Company’s cross-country tour included Glenwood Springs. The Packard and its solitary driver were greeted by cheering citizens on July 14, 1903.

The first mass auto shipment was received March 31, 1910. On that day, seven identical Fords were delivered to anxious members of the Glenwood Motor Club.

The new cars were proudly lined up on Grand Avenue, allowing Glenwood Springs residents to admire the wave of the future.

In the years to follow, the automobile provided new economic and tourism possibilities. Glenwood Springs, like the rest of America, would never be the same.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. The museum’s winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Thursday through Friday. For more information, call 945-4448.

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