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Atwood, Colorado, between 1975-2014

Identifier: B114.02.0001.0004


Poor Russian Jewish immigrants established the Atwood Colony in 1896 when B'nai B'rith and investment companies encouraged 75 adults and six children to settle in Atwood by offering farm land, seed, water rights, houses, implements, and cattle. The barren colony, lacking promised assistance, was near starvation and failed. By 1899, only a few Jewish families remained.


  • between 1975-2014


From the Collection: 2 Linear Feet (3 legal document boxes and 1 letter document box.)

Scope and Contents

Article on early history of Atwood, Colorado "Our Ladies of Atwood," with portraits of Gladys Shull Brewer and Julia Stratton Lane; Spring 1979 article "Whistlewind: Recollections of Northeast Colorado" with recollections of Atwood by Irving "Ick" Handelman; 2 pages on Handleman descendants; and typed pages of "Atwood Colony, a historical compilation."

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
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