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Walk in the Footsteps of Louisville’s Earliest Residents

photo courtesy Louisville Historical Museum

The Top of the Hill Walking Tour is Saturday, Sept. 15

By Lisa Truesdale

If walls could talk, historic buildings would have some pretty incredible stories to tell. And while the historic homes on Louisville’s “Top of the Hill” Walking Tour won’t be filling participants in on all the amazing details, Diane Marino will be—she’s the volunteer docent with the Louisville Historical Museum who guides the group past a number of notable houses in Old Town.

The Top of the Hill Walking Tour is Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. Meet at Pirates Park, corner of Jefferson and E. Lafayette. Suggested donation, $5.

At 1101 Grant is the circa-1905 home purchased by Samuel Atkin—the son of English settlers—and his wife Olive in 1915. (Note: the second floor was added in the 1980s.) The Atkins’ three daughters all graduated from Louisville High School. “Records also show that all three also attended Colorado State Teachers College in Greeley [now the University of Northern Colorado],” says Bridget Bacon, the museum coordinator. “That was an impressive accomplishment for a Louisville family for that time period.”

And don’t miss the house at 1117 Jefferson, built in 1909, where the accomplished Mary Ethel Ball lived with her family while she attended Louisville High School; she then went on to graduate from CU in 1914 and eventually became the university’s Dean of Women.

“These guided tours are a great way to get connected to a community through walking a neighborhood, and people seem to really enjoy learning about local history from a guide,” Bacon says. “And I think that we all tend to notice interesting details about a neighborhood and its houses when we walk by them—things that we wouldn’t really pay attention to when we’re just driving past.”