150th Anniversary

Town of Erie 150th anniversary logo

Celebrating 150 Years

The Town of Erie was officially established on November 16, 1874. From January through December 2024, Erie will be marking the sesquicentennial (the 150th anniversary) to honor our past, celebrate the present, and look toward the future.

To commemorate this historic milestone, we've created monthly themes and have several special celebrations planned over the coming months to help mark 150 years, including: 

  • Activities and events paying tribute to Erie's history
  • Special events and traditions which make Erie "home," and 
  • Celebrations recognizing and celebrating the diversity in our community

January: Step into history! Join us in January 2024 at Town Hall for an open house hosted by the Town Clerk’s team. We're unveiling precious historic documents, records, and artifacts from Erie's inception. As the official record keeper, it's our duty to ensure transparency and preserve our town's legacy. Let's commemorate the sesquicentennial together and illuminate Erie's remarkable journey into the future!

July: Since 1985, July has been celebrated as Park and Recreation Month across the nation. Led by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), it's a time to spotlight the vital services offered by park and recreation professionals nationwide. Get ready for an exciting event in July 2024! Our Parks & Recreation Department will be organizing a town-wide medallion hunt, featuring 150 specially engraved wooden ornaments hidden throughout Erie. Each medallion unlocks a prize, from ECC Day Passes to summer fun prize baskets. Let the treasure hunt begin!

About Our 150th Logo

The logo for Erie's 150th Anniversary was crafted to uniquely embody our rich history and promising future.

The Town of Erie is presently renowned for, among other wonderful things, its picturesque hot air balloon launches. Erie also holds its roots in a coal mining legacy, represented by the coal cart ‘basket’. In commemorating Erie's 150th year as an incorporated Town, it is crucial to acknowledge that this land was inhabited for centuries prior by the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes—indigenous peoples who revered the eagle, represented in the logo. The current Town logo showcases the cottonwood tree, its leaves drifting on the winds that traverse our past, present, and the future lands of Erie. We are grateful to be a part of this land's narrative and endeavor to be responsible stewards of our moment in time.

How it All Began

The Town of Erie was laid out and incorporated on November 16, 1874 (officers appointed in accordance to Territory of Colorado provisions for Town government). The first Mayor, then called the president of the Trustees, was George Meloor. Streets began to be named after prominent residents; Kattel, Briggs, Holbrook, Pierce, Moffat, and Cheesman.

At the time of incorporation in 1874, five temporary trustees governed the Town until a Mayor and city council were elected. Within a short time, Town business was being conducted in a new Town Hall, which doubled as a public meeting place and a classroom until the schoolhouse was built.

The old city hall building was renovated in 2005 and maintains continued visibility of use to the Town for occupation by the Erie Chamber of Commerce.

Additional Town of Erie history.