New Castle to celebrate 125th throughout 2013

Happy anniversary wishes are in order as the town of New Castle celebrates its 125 years.

The town incorporated on Feb. 2, 1888, and is now a thriving community of 4,500, tucked between Silt and Glenwood Springs along Interstate 70.

Residents and visitors are invited to participate in a series of events through the year to commemorate New Castle’s history beginning with a celebration on Saturday, May 11.

A Lions Club pancake breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the New Castle Community Center, and will be followed by a Motorless Parade at 11 a.m.

The parade will be led by delegates from the Ute tribe joined by centennial farmers and ranchers from the region, according to a news release. Certain individuals in the parade will represent historical figures such as: Jasper Ward, New Castle’s first homesteader; Doc Holiday, who died near Glenwood Springs; and Teddy Roosevelt, who based a hunting expedition in New Castle in 1905. There also will be frontiersmen, miners, cowboys, firefighters, baseball players and forest rangers as well as a stage coach, a four-man hose cart, big wheel bicycles and horses.

A performance presented by the Westernairers from Jefferson County will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Jolley Ranch on County Road 245, and a Spirit Walk will be at 8 p.m. at Highland Cemetery.

Additional anniversary events set for 2013 include a Cowboy Ball on June 14, the Hogback Hustle 5K race on July 13 and Burning Mountain Days from Sept. 7–8.

Go to or call 984-2311 for information.


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