began as a subdivision 7 miles northeast of Boulder
has become a community with a heart of its own. Boulder’s original
plan in 1963, when the construction of IBM’s plant was just beginning,
was to extend utilities for the subdivision to be known as Gunbarrel,
and to annex it within five years. A few of the commercial and housing
areas have been annexed into Boulder over the years, but most of Gunbarrel
has rejected Boulder’s annexation attempts and remains largely
in unincorporated Boulder County.