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Peetz (1908, 4,432 feet), named for homesteader Peter Peetz, embraced a 1907 homesteaders' haven of sod houses known as Sod-town. After the claims were proven, soddies were often replaced with cement houses, of which a few remain. Overlooking the primitive buildings and lack of timber, the Peetz Gazetteonce boosted the town with the banner headline: “Peetz Biggest Town For Its Size In The State.” The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy water tank (c. 1900), southeast corner of town next to the grain elevators, is said to be the last railroad water tank in northeastern Colorado. Another local landmark in this community of about 180 is the Minuteman missile silo 1.5 miles outside of town. Buried under the rolling prairie behind a chain-link fence, the now defused missile sits beneath bristling power poles and electronic antennae.

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Thomas J. Noel

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