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Page8 The North Weld Herald July 16, 2009 Ten years !ater, Benjamin H. Eaton statue project completed, dedic;00ted On Thurs.. July 9. a dedication of the bronze plaques marked the end of the project started some ten or more years ago. The plaques were done by Hasty Awards of Ottawa, Kansas. Jim Hasty was the swimming coach in Eaton for many years and has never forgotten his former town. by donating the trophies and awards for Eaton Days and did this work on the plaques at their cost. The Historical Society fs proud thal this' project has been completed. Presiding over the dedication was Nancy Donahoo, the Eaton Historical Society's president. As a tribute to Mr. Eaton. for which the town is named, Donahoo read the following: Benjamin H. Eaton was 25 years old when he left his adopt- ed State of Iowa to join the tide of immigrants headed for the Rockies and the promise of gold "in them thaT hills." He was born in Ohio, where, as a young man, equipped with a common school education, he had taught school a couple of years and engaged in farming in Iowa. He was a member of the engineering corps that surveyed the right-of-way of the Steubenville and Indiana Railroad. as the rails were push- lng ever westward from the Saturday, July 25 9am-5prn tIi Sunday, July 26 . 9am-4pm Lincoln Park 10th Ave. & 8th St. Greeley www.art s pi cn ic.co m 970.350.9400 for information Shop at over 150 arts and crafts booths selling pottery, jewelry, garden art, wood- working, fine art and more! Bring the little ones to Kid's Creation Station for free face painting, hands-on arts/crafts projects, balloons and the Merry Makers Kids' Stage! Enjoy top-notch Colorado bands on 2 stages including: The Indulgers, Kream of the Krop, Wendy Woo, Halden Wofford & The Hi-Beams, Kizumba and. Homeslice. Pick from a wide variety of delectable delights in the food court and stop by the Greeley Chamber Orchestra Beer Garden for an icy cold one! Eaton Historical Society president Nancy Donahoo welcomed everyone to the dedication of the bronze plaques recognizing the businesses and people who made the Benjamin H. Eaton statue a real- ity. The project took more than ten years to complete. The dedication was held Thursday, July 9 at the intersection of Collins Street and Elm Ave., where the statue is located. Mexico Territory. It was here the friendly Mexicans taught him the rudiments of western irrigation. On the Maxwell Land Grant. however, he and his friend would not be forever tenants. Their goal was to acquire farmland of their own. Appalachian Hills to the open prairie. Joumeying westward, he first located in the San Luis Valley in ffouthern Colorado with his friend. Jim Hill. whom he had met in Denver. He later settled on the Maxwell Land grant in New Returning to Denver, the two men followed the Platte River and the stream that led them to the site where Eaton established a homestead, two miles south of Windsor on the Cache La Poudre River. Here he established his first irrigation project. The LaTimer and Weld Irrigation Canal was his brain- child. He and surveyor E.S. Nettleton, well known state engi- neer, settled on a proper location up the Poudre. Benjamin Eaton established his work camp on the site of our town. Thus was Eaton given it's beginning. In coordination with the survey of the land, Eaton hired George Hill to plow 3 or 4 inch furrows around the section lines, with double furrows around the town- ship lines. The plowing began on the LaTimer county line and extended eastward. The streets of Eaton were named at the time of the survey. With not a tree in site, Benjamin @omcast First National Bank lot less Which ! the transaction., CRS, Eaton. who hailed from timber country, gave the streets the names of .trees. While such names as Oak, Elm, Maple and Cottonwood appeared out of place on the cactus covered prairie, (after all, why not Cactus Street, Tumbleweed Avenue. Thistle Thoroughfare?), the Governor hoped the names of trees would be an incentive for the citizens of the future to plant corresponding species along said streets. The Union Pacific Railroad had pushed across the desert areas of Western United States to the rich and productive West Coast. It was complete in 1869. The Union Pacific then followed by construction of a connecting line, the Denver Pacific, from Cheyenne to Denver. In' order to establish a constituency along it's line, the latter company sold all of it's lands remaining unsold along the route of a proposed canal to B. H. Eaton, who in turn agreed to build a canal for irrigat- ing the desert and to make the land available for agricultural purposes. The sale involved thousands of acres, extending from the LaTimer county line to a distance six miles east of Eaton and from the line of the proposed canal, now known as the LaTimer and Weld'Canal. to a point lying two miles south of Eaton. Many of the early settlers helped in the building of the LaTimer and Weld Canal. The railroad company also agreed that when the canal was completed to the railroad, a side track should be laid and a station buildirg erected at a point mutu- ally agreed upon between the company and Mr. Eaton. Thus the vision of a town began to take on the image of reality. The Benjamin H. Eaton statue was dedicated on Oct. 27, 2002. The statue is a creation by Maxine White Schwartz, raised in Eaton. a graduate of Eaton High School, and owner of "Spirits and Bronze". Using a few photographs of Benjamin H. Eaton, she created this 7 foot statue of ,the 4th Governor of Colorado. Her husband, Don, poured the wax molds and melt- ed bronze and put Ben together into this magnificent statue. The couple worked over two years to prepare the statue. The statue is surrounded by engraved granite bricks that have been purchased by Eaton area citizens and people as far away as California and New York, in memory of family members, and particularly the pioneers. These bricks and the design of the wall and park sur- rounding the statue are the work of Biff Yates. who generously devoted hundreds of hours to this project. It is still possible to pur- chase a brick. The water feature was done by the Ledall brothers, the late Herb and his brother, Vern, and the water gate was donated by the Grant Milne fam- ily. The Eaton Area Historical Society Statue Committee con- sisted of Grant Milne, "Biff" Yates. Tommie Steele, Bonnie Beets, Marie Galloway, "Bum" Carter, Kathi Hill, Joan Milne, Alvin Dorsey Jr. and Duane Wilson. They are so pleased that Eaton Grove plants the beautiful flowers around the statue each year to make this such an out- standing corner, at the intersec- tion of Collins Street and Elm Ave, (Pictured below are the plaques) m mm m m m m m m m m m mm m --- m m mm m m m mm m m m m m m mm m m m m mm /m mmmm m m m m m mm mm m m m mm m : We support Our Troops! : With modern technology, The North Weld Herald is capable of emailing our weekly publication to our military men and : II women serving stateside and abroad. 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