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  • 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 »

  • 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 »


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