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The Story Behind the Name: Neva Road


Courtesy of the Niwot Historical Society

Earl Knaus, a relative of Alison and Seth Steele of Niwot, posed as Chief Niwot, the grand marshall of a parade on Neva Road. The photo looks south from Neva Road toward a corn field in the background, where the Burgundy Park subdivision is today.

We regularly celebrate our town's namesake, Chief Niwot (Left-Hand in Arapaho), for his peace-oriented beliefs and actions. In fact, the stories of his leadership and subsequent betrayal by Col. John Chivington and his troops at Sand Creek have been documented in many books, including Boulder author Margaret Coel's "Chief Left Hand." Chief Niwot banded together with other tribal leaders in a co...

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