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  • Jul 19, 2013

    I'll Cross that Bridge When I Come to It

    Or maybe not.  If we remember a blog from April 2012 Truss Me, we know that the green bridge on Highway 6 at Dotsero was slated for removal. " In the case of the Dotsero Bridge, crossing the Colorado River on US Highway 6, historic status was granted because the bridge is part of the federal highway system created during the early 20th century and for its association with a trans-continental highway. It is also a good...    Read More »

  • Jul 15, 2013

    Early Days on the Eagle

    It is fortunate for me that Early Days on the Eagle, prepared and published by MacDonald Knight and Leonard Hammock, 1965, was written.  Based on extensive research done by MacDonald Knight as foundation for his master’s thesis, Early Days documents the history of Eagle County from before 1879 to the mid-20th century.  I have answered many reference questions using this resource and have been fortunate to learn a little about the man who did the research....    Read More »

  • Jun 18, 2013

    Duck, Duck, Merganser

    The I-70 commute from Dotsero to Gypsum to Eagle gives us a good view of the Eagle River before it joins the Colorado River at Dotsero.  The river meanders through this area, producing a riparian zone [where the land and river interface] that is fascinating for its plants and wildlife.  Just east of the Gypsum exit is the Gypsum Ponds State Wildlife Area.  So, get off the Interstate and explore. Since it’s after June 15, you may even bring your leashed dog along. Take the Gypsum exit [140] and...    Read More »

  • May 22, 2013

    We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (thanks to Moore and Galloway)

    May 18, 2013, was our most recent Armed Forces Day.  President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank all our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. [Memorial Day (Decoration Day) had been designated a remembrance for those killed in defense of their country.] On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine...    Read More »

  • Apr 24, 2013

    Waiting for the Bridge

    The couple seated at the top of this land form is not identified, but the pose is certainly entertaining.  We might let our examination of this photo stop there but, if we did, a lot of local history would be lost.  To begin with, where is it?  [Don't forget to click on the photos to get larger images.]    Read More »

  • Apr 03, 2013

    Ledgerdemain—no flimflam except for spelling

    Since we’ve entered April, Happy Tax Month!  I know you’ve been asking yourself what happens to old government records.  Governments at every level…municipal, county, state, federal…are great record generators.  While they are being used, records are organized and stored for retrieval.  At some point, each record is evaluated to determine how long it needs to be kept. This record retention schedule determines the lifespan of a record…whether it will be kept indefinitely or whether it will...    Read More »

  • Mar 18, 2013

    Local History at its Best

    When I learned of June Simonton’s passing, I could only wish to thank her again for the legacy she left to Eagle County history.    Read More »

  • Feb 26, 2013

    Reunited!

    So, it’s true.  I killed another computer at the end of January and have been left to my own devices here in local history, using a laptop.  Not a problem really, as the backlog of cataloging is always there and people continue to bring in wonderful items to share.  [Kathy Heicher, ECHS president, Angela Beck, Theodore Beck and Bob Riggle have all brought in treasures during the last three weeks.] This break in routine has also given me time to go through files, eliminate duplicate photocopies...    Read More »

  • Feb 01, 2013

    H2Know Colorado

    Each year, the Eagle Valley Library District and the Walking Mountain Science Center present the High Country Speaker Series.  H2Know Colorado, this year’s winter series, focuses on water, something we’re all interested in, especially given the current drought conditions. As part of the EVLD focus, there is an exhibit of six topographic maps of the Eagle River printed in 1954 by the U.S. Geological Survey.  With accompanying historical photographs from our collection, the exhibit begins at the...    Read More »

  • Jan 09, 2013

    Number Crunching: It All Adds Up

    When I arrived at the Eagle Valley Library District in 2006, I found a beautiful legacy collection of historical photos collected by the Eagle County Historical Society.  For the most part, they were photographs of photographs, enlarged and printed as 8x10 inch pictures.  Each enlargement was in a plastic sleeve and they were stacked in a filing cabinet.  There were paper indexes [indices for those of us who have been around a while] and photocopies for access. With software and equipment...    Read More »

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