On May 12, 1939, the Eagle Valley Enterprise published an article thanking local firms that helped build Eagle County. After ten years of Depression economics, businesses were hard-pressed to stay open.
Red Cliff, Colorado
Well, let’s see. It now costs 49 cents to mail a letter and 34 cents to mail a postcard and I’m not convinced that most of what I have to say is worth 49 cents to mail. “In addition to first-class mail, the higher rates will apply to magazines, newspapers, advertising mail and bills, which together account for most of the 158 billion pieces of mail delivered every year.” --Lisa Rein, Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2014 This, of course, leads me to thoughts of Eagle County mailings in the past. Postcard from the Wells-Ryden collection
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 western end of the Eagle River and goes upstream to the headwaters in six beautifully drawn contour sheets. The seventh sheet is a profile sheet showing the various elevations of the river as it drains Eagle County. Eagle River, looking east, with the town of Eagle in the background, circa 1930.
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 effort to offset operational losses of the last few years, the Postal Service considered closing many small, rural post offices. For Eagle County, that meant Red Cliff, Bond and Burns were on the possible closure list. Diana Cisneros, Postmaster, Red Cliff, July 2011