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From the Vault: The Show Must Go On …


“It was some Fourth despite the weather,” declared the Aspen Democrat-Times on July 5, 1921. “Old Aspen Town never falls down no matter what must be overcome. The abominable weather yesterday would have knocked out a Fourth of July celebration in any other place than Aspen. All night the 3rd and late into the morning of the 4th it rained in torrents. Along toward noon it let up and the Elks’ band paraded the streets discoursing patriotic air which acted like a tonic on our people. At 1 o’clock in the afternoon the official program of sports was begun at Wagner Park despite the drizzling rain and the mud. While the several events were being pulled off the Elks’ band furnished stirring music. The Glenwood Springs baseball team failed to arrive owing to the condition of the roads but a spirited game was put up by two home teams. The bulldogging contest and auto races were called off. The matinee at the Isis in the afternoon drew a large audience. In the evening, the weather having cleared, the Elks’ band gave an open-air concert at the Jerome. Then came the picture show at the Isis, which was packed to its capacity. The Fourth of July festivities concluded with a grand military ball at Fraternal hall, which was a crowning feature as the hall was well filled ‘till the last number.” The photograph above includes J.W. Hetherly, Benjamin Kobey, Charles Wagner (the mayor of Aspen), Hilder Hoaglund Anderson, and Josephine Hetherly watching the 1921 Fourth of July parade. They are standing in front of the former Aspen Times building on Main Street.

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

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