This week in history

20 years ago

Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999

Buena Vista Demons take state

Buena Vista High School 1999 varsity football team makes history by winning the school’s first-ever state championship.

“The team effort was outstanding. They are great kids and good as a team. The season and the state championship game were exciting for the whole community. It was neat how so many from the community supported the team,” said head coach Bob Marken.

Buena Vista Demons beat the Monte Vista Pirates 31-16 in Monte Vista.

Quarterback Greg Market attributed the success of the Demons Football State Champions to “a great bunch of guys with a lot of heart who played hard and to a coach who prepared us to play hard every week.”

40 years ago

Thursday, Nov. 29, 1979

Car-train crash kills BV man

A 71-year-old Buena Vista man died Nov. 21 when the car he was driving was demolished by a southbound Denver & Rio Grande freight train after the vehicle was struck at the Main Street crossing.

The impact of the crash carried the car he was driving across the railroad bridge over Cottonwood Creek before the mangled vehicle was thrown free down the railroad embankment on the south side of the creek.

Witnesses told police that the victim left the Timber Tavern about 4 p.m., got into his 1976 Chevrolet and approached the crossing as the railroad signals and bells were activated and the crossing arm was in the “down” position.

His slow-moving vehicle braked as it approached the tracks and then went under the crossing arm, causing it to raise up over the car and then drop behind it, according to the police. The car then stopped on the tracks.

136 years ago

Buena Vista Democrat

Thursday, Nov. 29, 1883

• Cottonwood Hot Springs, 4 miles from Buena Vista, is acknowledged to be the best thermal spring in the world.

• Buena Vista is well-protected from fire having the finest water works in the state.

• Clinging draperies are the style with society girls.

• Colorado stock is in greater demand in eastern markets and commands the highest price of any in the country.

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