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  • 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


    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 »

  • Dec 31, 2012

    2012 in review

    The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt:    Read More »

  • Dec 14, 2012

    I Saw the Sign [with regards to Ace of Base]

    Getting to Red Cliff involves taking the Battle Mountain route over Tennessee Pass.  It’s a glorious drive but one could actually miss the town of Red Cliff [at Battle Mountain] if one is looking at the scenery or hoping that the green bridge holds up.  No longer!  After a year-long collaboration between the past Mayor and Board of Trustees and the current...    Read More »

  • Nov 19, 2012

    Who Named it That?

    There are many sources available for answering questions about Eagle County’s geographical and place names without resorting to our good friend, Google.  As I was rolling out the door for a week off, the question was asked: “How did New York Mountain get its name?” [Thanks, Shirley] Although more concerned about the weather in Southern California, I started on the path to finding an answer. New York Mountain Summit,...    Read More »

  • Oct 19, 2012

    I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow

    Given the geography of Eagle County, the railroad was the most important form of transportation well into the 20th century.  The road to Red Cliff and on to Leadville wasn’t plowed in winter during the early years so people would either ride the train or load automobiles onto flatbed cars to offload at their destination. Some of the most interesting photos in our collection have a railroad theme and many of these were taken near Minturn, a railroad town....    Read More »


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