Loveland (Images of America) | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/loveland-images-america[12/8/2015 9:37:27 AM] Home Loveland (Images of America)Loveland (Images of America)Submitted by nwharton on 2-11-2013 07:43 PMAuthor: Laurel Benson and Debra Benson Faulkner Publishing: Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012. 127 pages. Black-and-white photographs, index, bibliography. 6 x 9. $21.99 paperback. Reviewer: Kenneth Jessen There are thousands of Arcadia Images of America some poorly done and others nothing more than mediocre. This book, however, is a shining star and presents in pictorial form a balanced history of Loveland, Colorado. Well organized chronologically, it covers events leading up to the founding of the town, including occupation by American Indians followed by mountain man Mariano Medina, the first permanent settler in the Big Thompson Valley. Benson and Faulkner also add images and captions for other pioneers, including the Washburns, Osborns, and John Hahn. The authors then discuss the arrival of the railroad in 1877 and the founding of Loveland by David Barnes in the same year. They skillfully progress through the development of early industries, including the Great Western Sugar Company. A careful selection of the best photographs showcases Loveland as the gateway to the Rockies, with its emphasis on recreation. Water diversion, critical to the areas growth, is also included among this books well organized topics. Loveland became famous for its valentine re-mailing program, and these pioneering efforts are covered. This is followed by the entry into the modern technological age with the construction of Hewlett-Packards first plant, including vignettes of its founders, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The emphasis on arts, including the foundry and sculpture shows, illustrates how Loveland grew to become a leader among the arts in the United States. This section includes a group portrait of the Loveland artists who started Sculpture in the Park, a show that has grown to be Americas largest outdoor sculpture event. The tragic 1976 Big Thompson Flood is followed by contemporary issues such as the future of the old Loveland Feed & Grain flour mill for use as art studios. Any reader familiar with Loveland and Larimer County will find this book well worth adding to their library. Reviewer Info: Kenneth Jessen has written twenty books on Colorado and is best known for his series on Colorado ghost towns. He writes for the Loveland Reporter-Herald twice a week on the arts and area history. Over 1,400 of his illustrated stories have appeared in print. He is a lecturer and tour guide, but his day job is at Agilent Technologies in Loveland. EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanThe Ute people have lived in Colorado longer than anyone else.