On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 2/3, Q2+Q3 2018

House became home for the Carlsons

By Silvia Pettem

In 1949, three years after Vivian and Carroll Carlson were married, the young

couple purchased a brand-new house on Baseline Road in the Interurban Park

subdivision. Now, almost seven decades later, Vivian still calls it home.

The neighborhood had been platted years earlier, in 1908, when the

“Interurban” railroad first ran through the University of Colorado and then south

on what today is South Broadway. The commuter trains continued to operate until


For the next two decades, the subdivided land between part of Park Avenue

(now Baseline Road) and Green Mountain Cemetery was rural and sparsely

settled. When the Carlsons’ moved in, the population of Boulder was just under

20,000. But post-World War II growth would quickly usher in big changes…