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Posted on: February 15, 2014

[ARCHIVED] This date in Lafayette history - February 15

Joseph Simpson 1920

Backyard chickens were approved in Lafayette on February 15, 2011. Here is a photo of Joseph Simpson holding a live chicken in 1920.

Joseph P. Simpson, holding a live chicken (circa 1920). Mr. Simpson emigrated from Mary Port, Cumberland, England; making his way to Louisville, Colorado via Canada in 1879. He built a house in Louisville and moved it by wagon to Lafayette in 1888. In that same year, he discovered the Simpson Mine east of town. In its heyday, it was one of the largest coal mines in northern Colorado. Mr. Simpson’s house still stands at 305 East Simpson Street.

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