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  • Jun 15, 2012

    Thermal Event

    Yes, indeed, "some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps" [Emo Philips].  So, when I walked in on Tuesday and my computer had a "thermal event," I should have realized that plans would change. Instead of loading pictures for a blog on small post offices, I watched Anne (Queen of All Things IT) substitute a laptop for my computer.  It may or may not be back in three weeks.  Yes, I do have other things to do besides digitize photo collections but they aren't...    Read More »

  • May 22, 2012

    Open Records

    Memorial Day is a traditional time for cemetery cleaning and grave decorating.  Usually the snow in Eagle County is gone by then and caretakers are resuming custodial care of grounds.  Cemeteries share grief, respect and stories.  The stories of those buried make up local history and cemeteries are open records, documenting the lives in a community. With westward expansion in the 19th century, cemeteries followed settlement.  While still showing respect, early western cemeteries were much more...    Read More »

  • Apr 20, 2012

    Truss Me

    Eagle County’s beautiful rivers and streams are essential to life.  Over the years, they’ve provided transportation, irrigation, electricity, and problems.  How do you get to the other side, especially during spring runoff, when fording is difficult?  There were actually a few ferries in early days but bridges were the best bet for dependable crossings.    Read More »

  • Mar 29, 2012

    Positively Negatives

    In 2007, Byron Stanley, a photographer for the New Jersey Zinc Co., gave us a great collection of 1950s-era photos of the Gilman mine near Red Cliff in Eagle County. They were added to our online historical photo collection at  and will show up using Gilman, Belden, New Jersey Zinc, etc., as search terms. More recently, Byron gave us [via Bob and JoAnn...    Read More »

  • Mar 08, 2012

    Happy International Women’s Day, Ida

    What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to remember a woman who died on March 8, 1919.  Ida Herwick was part of Eagle County history at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, during the pioneer era when living conditions were strenuous at best.  Ida Oyler married Josiah Herwick when she was a teenager and the rest of her life was spent following her husband along the Eagle and Colorado Rivers....    Read More »

  • Feb 10, 2012

    So, When Was That?

    Very frequently, I am presented with glorious photographs of local places or people with no clue as to when the photos were taken.  Less frequently, there will be a caption on the back of a photo saying, for example, that it is of “John Buchholz  1942.”  Knowing that John Buchholz died in 1932, I am somewhat suspect that this photo was actually taken in 1942.  Call me a cynic. So, what do we do about dating photos? We can...    Read More »

  • Jan 17, 2012

    Art is Where You Find It

    A picture is worth a thousand words.  Whether or not Napoleon Bonaparte was actually the first person to coin this adage, newspapers certainly took it to heart.  When digging through microfilm of older newspapers, I have always been happy to find great drawings included with stories, adding to the enjoyment of the topic at hand.  Even advertisements in earlier times carried drawings that were entertaining as well as illustrative....    Read More »

  • Jan 03, 2012

    2011 in review

    The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.    Read More »

  • Dec 28, 2011

    Another Year of Local History

    We’re now in that week preceding a new year.  It’s time to make those resolutions.  [Please do remember that one of last year’s resolutions was to label all your photos appropriately; that’s still applicable this year.]  It’s time to visit with family and friends during a time of school vacations.  It’s time to take advantage of those after-holiday sales… In the Eagle Valley Enterprise, December 29, 1911, we find life in Eagle progressing at a different pace, perhaps, but certainly...    Read More »

  • Dec 09, 2011

    Ten Mile Mercantile Co.

    We find all sorts of interesting things when walking in Eagle County.  Many people are amazed at how much mining equipment is still out there, abandoned, for example.  John Martinez, a resident of Red Cliff, found a metal sign for “The Ten Mile Mercantile Co.” while walking along the railroad tracks some years ago now.    Read More »


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