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  • Jan 29, 2010

    Can you Get There from Here?

    Rivers, mountains and valleys define Eagle County.  The early exploration of the County by trappers followed the valleys and the lower mountains, avoiding the high peaks and steep canyons.  Later transportation routes for settlers and railroads took these same paths of least resistance.   The Midland Railroad, working its way from Leadville to Glenwood Springs and Aspen, took a southerly route, avoiding what is now the Holy Cross Wilderness Area and the White River National Forest.  ...    Read More »

  • Jan 21, 2010

    Where are We?

    An incredible source of information in any local history collection is annotated maps.  A dated map showing the locations of businesses, ranches, ditches, or other details subject to change with ownership can document community development.  Sketch maps fall into this category as they often provide details never found on commercially prepared maps.    Read More »

  • Jan 14, 2010

    Now Showing@EVLD!

    With the beginning of EVLD's new film series this week, it's good to remember that communities have gathered to watch "movies" since the beginning of cinema in America. In the 1930s and '40s, before the theatre in Minturn, Red Cliff residents watched movies at Carlson Hall, now the site of the Green Bridge Inn (104 Water St.).  The hall had movable wooden platforms on which chairs were placed for movies but could be taken...    Read More »

  • Jan 07, 2010

    Driving by History

    Travelers headed west on I-70, between the 136 and 135 mile markers, notice a small log cabin, roof caving in, on the north side of the highway.   Looking more closely, which does involve stopping and walking through brush, there are actually several structures at this site, approximately two miles east of Dotsero.    Read More »

  • Dec 31, 2009

    New Year's Resolution

    As this is resolution day, I would like to suggest a resolution for 2010 that does not involve calories or exercise.  I suggest--no, I heartily advise-- labeling your family photographs…NOW.    Read More »

  • Dec 23, 2009

    Red Cliff Bridge

    Historical photos provide so much information about where we live and engage the viewer immediately with the topic.  Old photos that are also evocative and beautiful are less frequent but valuable on multiple levels. This photo of the Red Cliff Bridge while under construction (1939-1941) looks through a rib section of the arch onto the lower bridge into Red Cliff above the Denver and Rio Grande Western tracks.  The photo...    Read More »

  • Dec 22, 2009

    Welcome to Eagle County Local History

    Welcome to the Eagle County Local History blog: You Can't Use it if You Don't Preserve It!  I will be sharing interesting bits of Eagle County history for your edification and enjoyment.  Sign up, stay tuned!    Read More »


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