Birth of the Elks
“Lodge of the Elks at Aspen,” read a headline in the Aspen Daily Chronicle on Dec. 28, 1891. “General B.F. Klee, district deputy of the Elks, will institute a new lodge at Aspen next Sunday night, says the Denver Republican on Friday morning. He will be assisted by the officers and team of the Denver Lodge. A special car has been chartered on the Midland, and at least thirty-five Elks will leave Saturday night for Aspen. Charles R. Bell of that city has been instrumental in organizing the lodge, which will have thirty charter members.”
“Without any exception the worst snow storm known since the advent of the railroad west of Leadville has been raging over the crest of the continental divide since last Thursday,” asserted the Aspen Tribune on January 31, 1899.