Frontier Diary |

Frontier Diary

Willa Soncarty
Registrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum

On Oct. 2, 1924, an announcement was made that a new business was moving to Glenwood Springs. D.W. Paine was bringing Carbondale’s Farmers Creamery to Cooper Avenue. He predicted an increase in business for himself and for Glenwood Springs.

Paine leased the Sheridan Building at 720 Cooper Avenue. Previously, this building served as a wholesale liquor distributorship and saloon. With voters mandating prohibition in Colorado in 1916, new uses had to be found for the former liquor outlet. The creamery was a perfect fit.

However, remodeling work needed to be done before the creamery could start production. A concrete floor was installed along with a new boiler. Also, a new refrigerator with a storage capacity of 1,000 pounds of butter was put into place.

While the new facilities were being readied, Paine put a positive spin on the change. While Carbondale was losing a creamery, he felt Glenwood Springs’ central location would invite farmers from the lower end of Garfield County to sell their cream to him for processing. This would stimulate the economic situation of a greater number of farmers, and possibly increase Paine’s business twofold. The creamery would maintain a truck to pick up the cream, and the farmers would still be paid immediately for their goods.

Carbondale’s Farmers Creamery produced its final batch of butter in late November. The equipment was moved to Glenwood Springs, and, on the morning of Dec. 4, 1924, the first 1,000 pounds of high-grade butter was produced by the new Glenwood Springs Creamery Co.

Later, the creamery produced cottage cheese, milk, buttermilk, skimmed milk and cream itself. In time the creamery became a Glenwood Springs institution, operating on Cooper Avenue until the mid-1970s.

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