The Co-op that Climbed Mountains

Ed Grange grew up on an unelectrified ranch high in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado. He watched his mother pump water by hand and cook on a wood stove. Late in life, he could still hear the “god-awful” noise made by the gasoline-powered washing machine on the front porch.

HCE has been featured in RE Magazine (published by NRECA) with a story on how HCE came to serve the mountains of Vail Resorts. The story features the legendary Ed Grange and highlights our pioneering founding General Manager George Thurston too, without whose efforts HCE would not exist today.

Flashbacks: The Co-op
That Climbed Mountains

Publication: Rural Electric Magazine | Published: November 2, 2020 | Author: Frank Gallant

“Holy Cross Electric emerged in 1939 after the federal Rural Electrification Administration (REA) recommended that two groups of farmers and ranchers who wanted to organize a co-op—one from the Eagle River Valley in Vail and the other from the Roaring Fork Valley in Aspen—band together if they hoped to get a loan.”