The Eagle Valley Library District recently acquired 27 images of Holy Cross City from the 1890s! Located in what is today the Holy Cross Wilderness between Red Cliff and Leadville, this small mining town included a post office, two general stores, saloon, assay office and hotel, called the Timberline Hotel. The town was founded by John W.
Holy Cross Wilderness Area
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, dust, whatever. Imagine my horror when I found an unlabeled envelope full of photographs from the first and second pilgrimages to the Mount of the Holy Cross in a folder labeled “Miscellaneous.” What a useful label. It was accompanied by the realization that all the photographs that accompanied Dr. Randall’s scrap book [see blog Mt. of the Holy Cross Scrapbook] had been separated from the scrapbook at some point in the past. So much for the concept of keeping collection parts together [not evening mentioning fonds: a fonds is the aggregation of documents that originate from the same source]. This does give me an opportunity to share some magnificent photos from 1924 to 1933, some captioned by Dr. Randall, that have now been reunited with the accompanying scrapbook. CCC Camp on O.W. Randall’s ranch. Gilman is visible in the distance. “Two companies of CCC boys were on the Holy Cross Project—parts of three years.”