James W. Bacon House
407 Bowen Street
Landmark Designation: 1987
Construction Date: 1885
Architectural Style: Queen
This house is believed to have been originally owned by James Watson Bacon,
a prominent local pioneer. Born in Ohio, Bacon came to Colorado by oxen and
wagon in 1860. Bacon was a Justice of the Peace, and served in the House of
the Colorado Territorial Legislature from 1870 to 1874. He founded the Farmers
Milling and Elevator Company, and was one of the directors of the Farmers
National Bank and of the Emerson Buckingham Bank and Trust Co. He was president
of the Highland Ditch Company in 1895. James W. Bacon died in 1916.
At the time of his death, the property was purchased by Elmer Linn Montgomery,
who was married to Bacon's step-daughter, Alice MacNitt Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery
was a prominent local farmer and cattleman. He served on the Longmont City
Council, and represented Boulder County in the State Legislature.