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  • 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 »

  • 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 »


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