Today, Attractions and Yesterday
Cedaredge is a growing community located south of Grand Mesa in Delta County. Cedaredge is located in the Upper Surface Creek Area in a prominent location on the south slope of Grand Mesa. Cedaredge has long been known as the gateway to Grand Mesa, a distinctive landmark and the world's largest flat top mountain. Nestled on the sunny side of Grand Mesa, the Town of Cedaredge is ideally situated at a comfortable elevation of 6,200 feet. The valleys on the south side are blessed with some of the mildest weather in Colorado. For nearly a century, fruit growers have found this climate, along with abundant irrigation water from Grand Mesa, ideal for apples, peaches, apricots, cherries and pears. More recently innovative growers in the Surface Creek area have discovered mild seasons perfect for wine grapes.
Pioneer Town with its museum and gift shop is a valuable historic community project with three restored original Bar I Cattle Ranch silos, an historic apple shed relocated to the site along with many genuine valley structures to create an authentic pioneer town complete with a one room schoolhouse, cabin, boardwalks, country store, saloon and even a jail. Over two dozen original restorations or authentic replica buildings are outfitted to transport visitors back 100 years. The complex graces one of the most extensive collections of Native American arrowheads in the west, the Doll House which contains a large variety of handcrafted dolls, and a modern chapel fashioned artistically to highlight the cross and provide a venue for a variety of community and private functions. Pioneer Town is much more than a museum, featuring many annual events that community members and visitors look forward to each year.
Cedaredge folks love to celebrate their town and their rich heritage. Since 1978 each October, Applefest brings an influx of over 15,000 visitors to Cedaredge for a weekend of festivities. A new springtime street/business fair called Celebrate Cedaredge is drawing attention as businesses find creative ways to promote locally. Parades, pride, picnics, parties and potlucks are not only a way of life in Cedaredge, but promote our passion for life beyond just a pretty town.
"Cedar Edge" was the name Sophie Kohler, wife of the ranch foreman of the Bar I Cattle Ranch, named the community. On December 5, 1894, a Post Office was named Cedaredge by combining the words Cedar and Edge. According to a newspaper report from August 19, 1904, a land development company provided a Town Park and built a hotel, and intended to make Cedaredge "one of the prettiest towns in this part of Colorado." On February 24, 1905 town site lots were laid out to prepare for a bank, a store and to provide proper layout of streets. On March 25, 1907 the town officially incorporated an area known as the Bar I Cattle Ranch approximately 370 acres. Prior to 1913 each family depended on a well for water. That summer the Cedaredge water works consisted of a system one mile north of town where the water was piped to the residents. Individual septic systems were replaced with sewage collection and treatment by 1980 to serve a town that more than doubled in size since 1907. An eighteen hole golf course was completed with the front nine in 1992, and back nine in 1995, expanding the town from 800 acres and 1200 people to almost 1300 acres and 1800 people by the year 2000.