An officer on Main St. Workers spent close to 3 hours removing the fortified bulldozer driven by Marvin Heemeyer from downtown Granby, where it came to rest at Gambles of Grand County on highway 40 in Granby, CO. Heemeyer drove a fortified bulldozer through the streets of Granby Friday destroying a number of buildings. Damaged site of the Sky-Hi Newspaper, E. Agate Ave. People walk the streets of Granby near trees that were uprooted on Friday June 4th, after a man went on a rampage in a modified bulldozer through the town of Granby. The shop was destroyed when a fortified bulldozer driven by Marvin Heemeyer plowed into it. Heemeyer drove a fortified bulldozer through the streets of Granby Friday detroying a number of buildings. A gun barrel protrudes from the vehicle.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. In the summer of , Marvin Heemeyer fortified a bulldozer with armor and stormed the town of Granby, immediately rolling into Colorado history. To many — particularly those of a libertarian stripe — he is a legend: Wronged by government and journalists, Heemeyer set out in his Killdozer to wreak his revenge on the system. The man who obliterated a newspaper office, a town hall, a concrete plant, a hardware store and a library, among other businesses all while being shot at by law enforcement , and ultimately killed himself has become something of a folk hero, to the disdain of many Granby residents who suffered through the rampage. Still, folk heroes, the virtuous and villainous alike, inspire more than their fair share of songs. When the members of Front Range bluegrass band Bowregard were looking for subjects on which to base songs for their debut album, Arrows , they found Heemeyer's tale irresistible. The bandmates didn't want it to look like they were celebrating violence as a way to resolve disputes; they believe in cooperation and collaboration, and reject divisiveness on principle. Commemorating a man who terrorized a community risked poor taste
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Marvin Heemeyer of Granby, Colorado was a profoundly frustrated muffler repair man. His business was ruined by some shady zoning changes, and Heemeyer contended that mayor and city council were corrupt. Even as he was forced to give up his legal fight and sell his land, he hatched one last plan to secretly retool his muffler shop to serve a single malevolent purpose: to construct a machine that would allow him to exact his revenge upon those who had wronged him. Heemeyer first became enamored with the state of Colorado when he was stationed there in the Air Force. After his service ended, he moved to Grand Lake, Colorado and opened a small chain of muffler shops in the surrounding cities. After a while he began to lease some of the shops out to other operators, but kept one, Mountain View Muffler in Granby, to operate himself. Heemeyer became involved with politics almost immediately upon establishing his home in Colorado. There were some, however, who were more familiar with his volatile temperament. He was a strong proponent of legalizing gambling, and he published at least two newsletters to disseminate his views. When a reporter for a local paper interviewed Heemeyer for an editorial opposed to gambling, he reported that Heemeyer was so enraged by the opposition that the interview nearly came to fisticuffs.
But he opened a muffler repair business in Granby, in , after moving to the county. He immediately got politically involved in issues. He was initially involved in trying to support the effort to bring legalized gambling to Grand Lake. That fight was very public. It went through the Granby town board. But he ultimately lost his lawsuit. There were a few sliding steel doors so he could see where he was shooting. And he proceeded to basically attack anyone he thought had done him wrong.