Elbert Town Committee launches website to promote community, events

Unincorporated hamlet is jewel of rural Colorado

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The small, peaceful town of Elbert is located in the forested hills just 15 minutes south of Elizabeth along North Elbert Road. Though small, the town has a thriving community, a state-of-the-art K-12 school, restaurants and other businesses.
 
The town of Elbert, however, is not an official town at all. Established in 1874, Elbert is an unincorporated community in Elbert County without a town governing body. Elbert has no mayor, board of trustees, or general town officials. What Elbert does have is a group of dedicated and passionate community members who pull together to promote the area and hold annual events.
 
Several community groups are responsible for the continued success of Elbert, including the Elbert Town Committee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Their mission is to “reach, connect, and celebrate community and to promote the growth of the historic and rural Town of Elbert.”
 
“We are just a nonprofit organization that focuses on bringing our community together and keeping the history of the town alive. We will also donate money to families in need,” said Lacey Catterton, president of the Elbert Town Committee, in an interview from Sep. 6. “The Elbert Town Committee is comprised of Elbert residents who are passionate about our town, its residents, and hosting events to bring our town together.”
 
The rural town of only about 200 residents is often missed when people visit Elbert County. The towns of Elizabeth and Kiowa have large yearly events that draw people from around the county and nearby parts of Colorado. The Elizabeth Stampede and Elbert County Fair alone bring in tens of thousands of visitors to the area.
 
Members of the Elbert Town Committee are working to bring bigger and better events to Elbert in hopes of bringing in more visitors and promoting the town and its unique history. Recently, the Elbert Town Committee launched a new website, elberttowncommittee.com, to promote the town and its events.
 
“I feel like we will be able to reach more residents to promote more of our events and be able to host bigger and better community events in the future,” said Catterton. “We are really excited to have a place where we can advertise all the local businesses who have sponsored our annual Elbert Day Festival in years past. I also believe it will be a place where people can come learn about the history of Elbert and see pictures from years past.”
 
Visitors are urged to stop by the community of Elbert to see its historic homes and buildings. People can dine on prime rib at the South 40 Bar & Grill, grab a cup of coffee at the Dancing Jaguar coffee truck often parked along North Elbert Road, peruse the Naked Goat Soap Shop and tour the historic Russell Gates Mercantile Co. building.
 
“Elbert is amazing because although it has some new structures and a few new residents, it still has the small, old town feel to it. Everyone knows everyone,” said Catterton. “When I drive through town on Elbert Road, it’s amazing to think that I’m driving along the old railroad route. When I walk into the Russell Gates Mercantile building, it’s like walking back in time to 1906 and imagining all the people who have walked through its doors and all the stories the walls could tell.”
 
 
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