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Spotlight on our Neighborhoods: Old Town Niwot magic

The Left Hand Valley Courier has a new feature premiering today. We are spotlighting the various and varied neighborhoods within our Niwot and Gunbarrel communities. We hope you learn more about the little pockets of humanity, architecture and issues that make up our community. We start with the beginning: "Old Town," the area around the 2nd Avenue commercial area.

With roots dating to 1875, Old Town Niwot, the area on 2nd Avenue between Niwot Road and Murray Street, has always been a mixture of the familiar and the new and is widely considered to be the historic heart of town.

John Nelson, a local carpenter, is credited with building the first commercial structure on Second Avenue in 1905. Most of the remaining shops in the first block were completed by 191...


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