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Touring Longmont with Longmont's history curator

Historic walking tours resume in Downtown Longmont.
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Old Main Street photo from Charles Boynton Collection, Longmont Museum

The building may still be closed to Longmonters, but the museum is still offering residents a variety of interesting, fascinating and entertaining options for the coming month and beyond.

One of the Museum’s most popular annual attractions is the Historic Walking Tours and there are two coming up in June.

The 3rd Avenue Tour guides walkers along the stately homes of Third Avenue in Longmont with Curator of History Erik Mason. He will tell stories of industrialists and bankers, plus tales of tragedy and murder, while seeing the homes built by some of Longmont’s wealthiest early citizens. There are two options to choose from – Tuesday, June 16th at 5:30 pm and Wednesday June 17th at 10:00 am.

Mason is also leading two sessions of Downtown Walking Tours the following week on Tuesday, June 23rd at 10:00 am and Wednesday, June 24th at 5:30 pm. This tour describes how the agricultural boom, coming of the railroad and other factors shaped the commercial and retail economies in downtown Longmont. Hear about the Dickens Opera House, JC Penney’s first store and the longest continuous business in the city. Mason also explains Mid-Century Modernism, the fire of 1879, the State Historic Fund and the Downtown Creative District.

All walking tours cost $10 and further information can be found at the museum’s website or by calling 303-651-8374 to sign up.

And if you can’t get a spot on one of these always sold-out tours, Longmont History is now Mobile. The popular historic downtown walking tour is now available year-round, in a handy mobile app. Visit for historic photographs, text, and audio recordings that walk you through more than a dozen downtown locations. The text and audio are available in both English and Spanish. It is free to use and does not require any downloads.