J.B. Thompson House
537 Terry Street
Landmark Designation: 1980
Construction Date: ca. 1887
Architectural Style: Queen
John Thompson came to Longmont in 1871 with his second wife, Maude Wirt,
whom he married in 1895. His first wife, Kitty Hubbard, died in 1893 after
their marriage of 27 years.
Mr. Thompson was an incorporator of the narrow gauge Longmont and Erie Railroad
in 1878. He went into the hardware business in 1877, located at 346
Main Street. He was Town Clerk in 1875, Town Treasurer in 1883, and was
elected Mayor in 1888. He was also director of the First National Bank, a
charter member of the First Congregational Church and active in civic affairs.
In addition to being a public-spirited citizen, he was also a humorist. Before
he arrived in Colorado, he wrote a satirical poem about the advantages of
the Colorado climate (Experiments in Colorado Colonization). In later
years, he wrote humorous articles for the Longmont Call known now as
the Longmont Times-Call. He was also the first to lead the town in
noisy celebrations whenever the occasion called for it.