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The Used Book Emporium has supported ArtWalk since Linda Uhrich and Debbie Karle opened the downtown location in 1997, and are celebrating 21 years in business this year! The bookstore features used and new books for sale and trade, and can special order new books upon request.

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History Tour Stop

Built circa 1879, this is perhaps the oldest building in downtown Longmont. It was originally home to the J. B. Thompson Hardware store, owned John Brigham Thompson, an early pioneer who, although not an original member, became a trustee of the Chicago-Colorado Colony. Thompson acquired this property in 1874, and erected the building a few years later, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Royal M. Hubbard. Thompson operated the hardware store until 1901 when he sold out to E. D. Welker, who turned out to be a relatively short-term owner. The business changed hands twice more during the ensuing decade before it was acquired by C. A. Traylor in 1915. The store then carried the name Traylor Hardware for the next eight decades. When it closed in the mid-1990s, Traylor Hardware was reportedly the oldest continuous business in Longmont’s history. In all, three generations of the Traylor family were involved in running the store. C. A. Traylor passed away in 1947, and at that time his son’s Elmer and George, and daughter Julianne, took over the business. In 1948, Julianne’s husband, George Jones, also joined the company. George Traylor died in 1953, followed by Elmer in 1961. Their brother-in-law George Jones then managed the store until shortly before his death in 1983. Randall Jones, the son of George and Julianne, and the maternal grandson of C. A. Traylor, then took over management during the store’s remaining years.”Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, History Colorado

Photos courtesy the Longmont Museum:

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Traylor Hardware storefront,

Boulder County Fair Parade, 1946

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Traylor Hardware cir. 1975/85,

by Tony Umile