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The day 2,000 Democratsdescended on Glenwood

There was no place better than Glenwood Springs to hold a convention. At least that was what Garfield County Democrats presented to the leaders of Colorado’s Democratic Party in 1908. After all, Glenwood Springs had an opera house in which to hold convention meetings. Plenty of rooming houses and hotel rooms were available to accommodate candidates, delegates and spectators. And nothing could beat the town’s welcoming atmosphere and the recreational opportunities of the Hot Springs Pool. In March 1908, after months of lobbying by city officials and county Democrats, Glenwood Springs was named host of the Colorado Democratic Convention. Almost immediately the scope of the convention changed. A struggle for party control between the state’s two Democratic leaders erupted, forcing each man to bring delegates and spectators. Suddenly, the anticipated number of convention attendees doubled to nearly 1,700. The Opera House on Seventh Street at once became too small to be used as a convention hall. To solve the problem, a tent, 60 feet by 120 feet, was erected at Tenth and Grand Avenue. Nearly 2,000 delegates could easily be seated inside.Lodging within the town was also scarce. Local Democrats canvassed the town, convincing citizens to open their homes to the delegates. Enough room was found to house all visitors comfortably.Glenwood Springs’ streets were patriotically awash in red, white and blue when the Democrats arrived on June 15, 1908. For the next three days, Colorado’s Democratic Party settled their power struggle, debated and confirmed their platform, and stood behind William Jennings Bryan as Democratic nominee for U.S. president. After the convention, Glenwood Springs’ citizens had little rest. The following week, two thousand people were coming for Colorado’s Druggist Convention and for Strawberry Day.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.”Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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