An Untold Story of Summit County: Baron’s General Store, 1899-1928

By Erica Ohmes | Thursday, June 4, 2020
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The History of Summit County's First General Store.

S, Baron's Big General Store served the citizens of Summit County and tells the story of what everyday life looked like in the first two decades of the 20th century.

Solomon Baron was a Jewish merchant who opened S, Baron's Big General Store in 1912, which was located on Main Street in Dillon, Colorado. Baron used a great marketing tactic but claiming to be the only general store in Summit County. 

Baron's Big General Store carried a variety of goods such as Dry Goods, Shoes, Rubber Goods, Clothing, Furnishing Goods, Hardware, Groceries, farm supplies, etc. 

B F Rice Store, Montezuma. Photo courtesy of Alan Rice

If you are looking to learn a bit about the history of Summit County, the Summit Historical Society will be opening the 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum soon with two new exhibits. The museum has been scrubbed and sanitized. 

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Come see An Untold Story of Summit County: Baron’s General Store, 1899-1928 which looks at a Jewish merchant in the first two decades of Summit County.

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Come see the exhibit Ranching in Summit County/Los Ranchos del Condado de Summit which highlights the Mendiola family who manages the Triple Creek Ranch in Silverthorne. This exhibit connects the Hispanic influence of our community as well as the continuation of ranching in Summit County.  The exhibit shares stories in both English and Spanish.  The Summit Historical Society's general store exhibit features food staple bins found in Montezuma and other items typically found in the early 20th-century general stores.

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The Summit Historical Society will be collecting stories and artifacts for a time capsule that will contain objects related to the Coronavirus pandemic.   The capsule will be sealed and opened in the future.

The Summit Historical Society wants you and your family member’s, old and young, written stories, quotes, photos, recipes, and memorabilia during COVID-19 (no food please).

What might you bring?  Masks, stories from students about school being shut down, recipes, a list of your favorite Netflix series, and of course toilet paper.