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Elgar's Hotel, Restaurant and Filling Station
During late summer of 1976 at Elgar's station on Blue Lake Blvd., Blue Lake's only VW repair opened its doors. The tiny right-hand section of the tire warehouse was cleaned out, partitioned off and leased for two months at $75 per month. With a small box of misc. tools and a floor jack, Paul hand painted the name The Small Time Garage and waited for his first customer.

Utilizing a small card-size ad of a VW microbus in the college newspaper, Paul's repair facility established itself in the community. Though it was difficult at first (he had to ask for the money to buy plugs, points and oil before doing a tune-up) it wasn't too long before The Small Time Garage was properly out-fitted with a new tool cabinet and all the essential tools for complete VW repair. A milestone came when a customer's VW engine could be rebuilt with all the parts coming from the small shop's shelves. The Small Time Garage lasted 'till 1985 when Paul closed its doors to begin his next adventure. Many thanks to all his loyal customers.

Oct 1885
Lancaster Platt Lupton
Buried in Blue Lake
B. 21 Sept 1807
D. Oct 1885

Mr. Lupton graduated from West Point in 1829. He was a member of the original First Dragoons formed in 1833. In 1836, he left the army to become manager of a fur trading post in what is now Colorado, called Fort Lancaster (also called Fort Lupton). This man also established a fur trading post called Fort Platte, in what is now Wyoming. He lived to be 78 years old and deserves to be remembered in the Blue Lake history column. . He and his Indian wife and, I think, some of the family, were buried in the old Scottsville Cemetery. Revis Courtright had his body and that of his Cheyenne Indian wife moved from the old Scottsdale cemetery. They are now buried in Blue Lake

There is a creek near Blue Lake called Lupton. He is frequently noted in books on the fur trade in the west. He has monuments to him in three states. He eventually took his family, after he tried gold mining, and moved back into the hills. Some of his Indian children did better than others. The South Platte Valley Historical Society in Fort Lupton, Colorado (named after Mr. Lupton) is rebuilding his fur trading post there.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Blue Lake and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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