From the Vault: Colorful Colorado |

From the Vault: Colorful Colorado

“Many events for festival,” announced The Aspen Times on Aug. 26, 1954. “The Golden Aspen Festival, set for September 18 through 26, is shaping up very well with only a few dates yet to be filled in. The Festival was conceived to take advantage of the wonderful fall colors of which the golden aspen leaves will completely dominate. September is, to many, the best month of the year when the days are comfortably warm and the nights crisp and cool. Thousands of acres of the mountainsides are turned to pure gold when the Aspen leaves are turning. The events as now scheduled include: September 18-19: Sports Car Race, sponsored by the Aspen Sports Car Club. September 20: Tour of Homes and Gardens. September 21: Photographers jeep trip over Aspen Mountain to Ashcroft; Ski movies and winter sports program. September 22: Square dancing. September 23, 24: Lions Club sponsored show, “You Can’t Beat Fun.” September 24, 25, 26: National Open Trap Shoot. September 25: Western Slope High School Swimming Meet. September 25, 26: 4-H Club Fair and Horse Show. Aspenites should make a note of these events and plan to attend. Coloradoans by the thousands take their vacations during the fall months rather than compete with out of state visitors during the regular summer season.” The image above shows Aspen in the fall, circa 1950.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at

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