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  • Oct 24, 2013

    Cattle and Railroads and Prunes, Oh My

    The recent announcement by Eagle County’s Open Space Department that part of the Horn Ranch will be preserved as open space makes me happy.  Not only is this acreage strikingly beautiful, it also has a fascinating history. We begin with Rupert Sherwood.  Sherwood came to Colorado in 1862 and became a trapper.    Read More »

  • Oct 02, 2013

    Mile Marker 141, I-70

    Eagle County possesses beautiful horizons seen in every direction.  The mountains and valleys provide a strong sense of place, that character that can be felt by locals and visitors alike, contradicting Gertrude Stein’s, “there is no there there.” Being interested in local history, I find that it is frequently the horizon and geography that can identify an otherwise uncaptioned photo.  The photo below could be any town but the placement of Castle Peak in the background is an obvious clue that...    Read More »

  • Aug 22, 2013

    Show and Tell

    Another fun Saturday at the Red Cliff Museum produced several objects shared by the inimitable Angela Beck.  All of these items were used in Red Cliff at some point in the last 100 years but some of those usages are no longer current so some research became necessary.  What am I looking at and what was its use?    Read More »

  • Aug 01, 2013

    It's Later than You Think

    Please don't ask me where your summer went.  I have no idea and I vaguely remember May but not June and July.  However, August brings the 16th Annual Red Cliff Studio Tour August 17-18.  What a good excuse to do some pre-holiday shopping and visit the always exciting town of Red Cliff.    Read More »

  • 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 »

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