From the Vault: Light It Up
“City to give $250 for better Xmas lighting this year,” announced The Aspen Times on Nov. 19, 1959. “The city will spend $250 for Christmas lighting and decoration it was resolved Monday, Nov. 16, by the members of the City Council. The decision to spend the money was made after Tom Sardy and Pat Henry presented a request from the Chamber of Commerce asking the city if it would do something to improve the town’s Christmas (decorations). They told the aldermen that the chamber had also received to ask the county to contribute money for more Christmas decorations.” The photo above shows a sleigh in front of the Sardy House, circa 1955. The tree on the right has been lit up with thousands of lights each winter for more than 30 years, and is one of the tallest living Christmas trees in the country.
This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at aspenhistory.org.