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  • 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 »

  • Sep 25, 2012

    Color Me

    Photoengraving (revisit the blog “Art Is Where You Find It) and photolithography were welcomed by newspaper journalism and by the publishing industry at the turn of the 20th century and were widely available by World War I.  Both are photo-mechanical processes used very successfully for reproducing illustrations. How nice to find a good example of photoengraving recently when Pam Boyd shared a 1914 copy of Rocky Mountain Views on the Rio Grande, the “Scenic Line of the World;”...    Read More »

  • Aug 24, 2012

    Burros Redux!

    The Eagle Flight Days Burro Race began in 1980 with the course beginning at Third St. and Broadway, proceeding up Bellyache Ridge and back.  If you remember a previous blog, this was the same race in which burro Richard Nixon ran over his handler, Jim Gregg of Dillon, who sustained a cut to his head but bravely continued running.  The Eagle races went through 1984 and disappeared from the festivities after that. This year, the burros are back in Eagle County for the 1st Annual Minturn Pack...    Read More »

  • Aug 09, 2012

    Something old, nothing new...

    It's always exciting to visit the Red Cliff Museum.  Artifacts turn up routinely, providing the opportunity for research and enlightenment. On just such a visit, Angela Beck presented me with a relatively heavy, metal item found by Diana Cisneros.  I said that I would be happy to do some digging. Unwrapping the item, I was immediately presented with lettering on the item:  Kantsuk pat..d Aug 16, 1910.  That made life in the research trenches much easier.    Read More »

  • Aug 01, 2012

    Art + History in Eagle County

    The 15th Annual Red Cliff Studio Tour takes place August 18-19, 10am to 5pm on both days.  Local artists and some guest artists will be exhibiting (and selling) at several studios in town and at town hall, the old Red Cliff School building.  Every Studio Tour brings new media and new works, this year including oils, photography, sculpture, fabric collage, handmade skis and boards, and custom furniture.  It’s an end-of-summer event that marks the beginning of fall, which often comes early in Red...    Read More »

  • Jun 29, 2012

    Please Mr. Postman

    For those of us living in rural areas, the U.S. Postal Service has been a tie to the outside world.  In Eagle County, those ties were first supported by stage coach and rider deliveries, later railroad deliveries, and more recently by truck. Whatever the means employed, small rural post offices kept miners, ranchers and families in touch with relatives and business partners.  Not a small feat.  It continues today. Enter the  “21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012,” announced in 2011.    In an...    Read More »


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