Deteriorating carvings raise questions about future

 

November 27, 2019

Amy Scanes-Wolfe

One hundred and fifty years ago, we weren't the only place named Niwot.

Chief Niwot--or Left Hand--was an Arapaho chief. He was a skilled linguist, a visionary, and a constant advocate of peace. He made such an impression on the local settlers that a mine, an inn, and two towns claimed his name. The mine closed, the inn is gone, and the other Niwot changed its name to Altona to appease the postman.

In the end, we are the only town that bears the name Niwot. So it is fitting that the first thing you see driving into Niwot is three spectacular wooden sculptures honoring the Cheyenne and Arapa...



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