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Located in the Front Range city of Aurora, Colorado, Strait Lumber Co. has been family owned & operated since 1936 and boast's the honor of being Aurora's oldest continuing business.

In the beginning, Seth O. Strait moved his family of five from Aberdeen, South Dakota to the small mountain town of Copper Spur, Colorado in 1929, the heart of the depression. There he and his three sons learned about the operation of a small logging and saw mill business from Seth's brother-in-law.

By 1932, they invested in a saw mill operation of their own in Deckers, Colorado. There they cut and milled timbers for the railroad and mining industry. What wood could not be used for that was hauled to a small parcel of land just west of what is now the Fitzsimmon's campus in Aurora. Within a short time, demand for the wood increased and by 1936, Seth traded some truckloads of lumber and few hundred dollars to acquire a property to locate a yard and small hardware store on. He named the business Strait's Mill and Lumber Company. Shortly after, the oldest son, Clint, moved from Deckers to help his father establish the business while Russell and ML and some local labor continued to operate the sawmill. By 1938 business had grown enough that Russell and ML also moved to Aurora, but when the war broke out in 1941, Russell and ML were called to service leaving Seth and Clint to continue the business.
After the war ended in 1945, the family decided to close Strait's Mill and Lumber Company and build a new facility a couple blocks west. No longer having a mill operation, they renamed the business Strait Lumber Company. In 1947 the new facility was completed and still stands today at 11150 E. Colfax Ave. Postwar business was good and by the 1950's Strait Lumber Company had grown to be a prominent retailer of lumber, paint, and hardware goods. However, in the 1970's and 1980's, the Aurora business dynamic began to shift. City Government and Municipal offices moved south leaving a void in original Aurora. Many local businesses, including Strait Lumber, found the need to evolve and change in order to coexist with not only the changed community but also with the bigger, national retail chains that were beginning to make their appearance in the Denver area. Gone were the days of thriving solely as a local "main street" business.

In 1978, M.L.'s son Mark returned to the business and subsequently became the family's third generation owner/operator. Since then, realizing the need for diversification of products and customer base, the company focus changed from retail to expanding builder business.

Keeping with the tradition of the past, Strait Lumber Company continues to operate as an independent, family owned operation with the awareness that future success is dependent on strong partnerships forged with both customers and community.
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