Silt centennial is ahead; teacher plans book
Post Independent Correspondent
SILT — The Town of Silt had a rocky start.
Settlers were enthusiastic about the prospect, but faced opposition from the powerful railroads of the day.
“The economy at the time was excellent, and residents poured in from all over the state and the country,” said a history of the town being written by Paul Harvey, a Coal Ridge High School history teacher. “The Congregational Church of Silt was built in 1909, and the Silt State Bank was opened in 1912. It seemed Silt was eager to incorporate into a town so the residents petitioned to do so in May 1912. The town held an election on June 1, 1912, at the First State Bank.”
The vote was 49-0 in favor of incorporation, “but the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad put a screeching halt to the formation of the town. Not wanting their property to be a part of the town and subsequently taxed, the company filed an injunction to stop the creation of the new town,” Harvey’s history says. “The case was appealed all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court, where it ruled in favor of the town on April 19, 1915, nearly three years after the initial petition to incorporate was filed. The confusion over the three-year legal battle led many to wonder if Silt was legally a town years later.”
As the town nears its centennial next spring, Harvey is crafting a book in order to complete his master’s degree in American History from Adams State University. He is seeking memory-bearing locals who are willing to be interviewed on camera. Content gleaned from the interviews may be used in the upcoming manuscript, and the video portion will be used in the town’s celebration.
Vintage mementos and memorabilia from the Silt and New Castle area high schools are being sought to be permanently showcased in one of two local displays. Materials such as yearbooks, letter jackets and trophies, among others, are of particular interest.
Those interested should email Harvey at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-274-1582. Interviews will take place at the Silt Library from from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Nov. 7.
Few details regarding the town’s centennial celebration plans have been disclosed because the city budget must be approved first, according to Pamela Woods, town administrator. The budget should be approved Oct. 28.
The town will unveil a new logo, created by Gran Farnum Printing, with input from Coal Ridge High School art students. Thanks to an Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado grant, Silt also will install seasonal centennial banners throughout downtown.
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