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The A.J. Eaton Home & Carriage House Museum is open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2-4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, or by appt.

Welcome to Historical Eaton, Colorado, and the Eaton Area Historical Society.

The Eaton Area Historical Society was established in 1991 by the Eaton Pioneers Society. It has as it’s mission the preservation and sharing of the history of the region and it’s pioneers, and to provide a secure locale that contains historically accurate items, which are preserved for the future. (Read Tommie Steele’s first-hand account here).

The Eaton Area Historical Society was able to acquire local historical landmark the A.J. Eaton Home and opened it as the local museum in 2004. A unique arrangement with the City of Eaton, the Steve and Pat Simonds family, and the Shelton Fund has allowed the Historical Society volunteers, along with generous donations of memorabilia, pictures, artifacts, records, scrap-books, household pieces, and much more, to preserve the history and life of the early Eaton, Colorado pioneers. Historic designation for the house with the National Register of Historic Places was applied for in January, 2006 and granted in April, 2006.   The gate that greets visitors at the driveway to the museum was the original gate at the Eaton Cemetery, modified for its current location. In 2021, a replica Carriage House was built behind the home and houses the Military Collection, a small school room, and a loft space for storage, accessioning and research. 

A.J. Eaton House Museum is located at 207 Elm Ave, Eaton, Co 80615                                                     There is no admission fee (but donations are always welcome).

Among our many other activities, the EAHS commissioned the statue of Benjamin Harrison Eaton in Eaton Commons park, which was dedicated in 2002. Follow this link to read the story of Benjamin Eaton and statue artist Maxine White Swartz

Enjoy photos and more information about historical Eaton, Colorado on Facebookwhich is apparently not a new idea, according to this 1902 newspaper clipping…

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    • Thanks for the prompt reply. Could you place me on the list of people to participate in the mid-June 2018 cemetery tour? Or could you notify me when and where I can do so? Thanks again, Alan Steele

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  1. Dates will be announced on this website in the News & Events tab, as well as on our Facebook page and in the Eaton paper. Mark your calendar for mid-June and if you don’t see the date announcement, comment here. Thanks for your interest Alan!

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  2. Hello EAHS! I am writing to you about Eaton’s Town Park. I would love to know the history of the park. It is slated to be razed in March of 2018 to become an extension of the High School and a parking lot. I feel that this will be such a scar in the middle of our town. What a shame to see all these old trees cut down and to see such a well used and adored shady oasis in the middle of historical Eaton destroyed!

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      • In answer to your question about the Eaton Town Park: Information on page 158 of the little blue History of Eaton book has a paragraph about a park which states the Eaton town board of 1909 purchased ground for a public park one block north of the new high school site. As of April,1909, the land was purchased, 150 trees ordered, and a general plan was mapped. The B. H. Eaton High School opened in September, 1909.

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    • So sorry Ashley! Just looked at the volunteer schedule and it looks like no one was available to work at the Museum on Saturday. There are volunteers signed up for Tuesday 12/18 for 2-4pm and for Thursday 12/20 for 2-4pm . There is also someone signed up fo Saturday 12/22, Thursday 12/27 and Saturday 12/29 -all dates for 2-4pm. We appreciate your interest!

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    • Hi Dana – good to hear from you! We plan to open the museum for Eaton Days – July 9, 10 and 11. It will be the grand opening of the new Carriage House Building on the museum property. If all goes well with COVID restrictions, we will resume a regular schedule following that.

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    • Hi Dana – I am Benjamin’s 4th great grand-daughter through Aaron James. I have made a facebook group called ‘A.J. Eaton Family Ancestry’, if you are interested in joining – it is always great to hear from new-found family! All the best, Kaitlyn

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  3. I went to high school in Eaton, graduating in 1968. I just saw the video about East Eaton or Ragtown. I remember the RR track crossing to head east out of Eaton. In fact, near those tracks I got into a couple of after school fights.

    I remember the Eaton Cemetery; my parents are buried there

    I remember the silos and the sugar beet factory, which a bit sadly has been demolished.

    For the life of me I cannot remember a Ragtown or where it was.

    If you get a chance to see the video it’s great.

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  4. Anyone know where the church records are for the old Christ Lutheran Church are? It was there in the 1910s and 1920s, but not sure how much longer. Looking for records for the Hast family. Rev. Hast was the pastor there.

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      • Sylvia – this is what our researcher found: The Christ Lutheran Church was built in Eaton in 1914. The first full-time pastor was Walter Fleichmann. Between 1964 and 1966 a new church was built. Found records for Louise Hast (on Ancestry website) married at age 18 to Reverand Conrad H. Becker married in Ft. Collins; Father- Carl Hast, Mother- Lizzie. I traced her in 1940 census to Waverly, Iowa living (assume working) at the Lutheran Orphan Home. They had a daughter – Dorothy and a son – Arthur. Hope this will help.

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  5. I’m searching for a relatively detailed map of Eaton approximately 100 years ago. Anything between 1910-1930 would be of some interest. Can you tell me what would be available and how I could access it? I plan to be in Eaton tomorrow (Tuesday, 15 Feb.) and could drop by.

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