From the Vault: Heat wave |

From the Vault: Heat wave

One 3.75" x 5.5" b/w photograph of the Holden Lixiviation Plant which was part of the Marolt Ranch (formerly the Midland Ranch), circa 1930. Shadow Mtn. is in the background and the photo is taken from the abandoned Midland railroad bed.

“Aspen swelters as mercury hits 91,” lamented The Aspen Times on July 13, 1939. “As Aspenites sweltered Wednesday under a broiling hot sun which sent the mercury soaring to 91 degrees, equaling the record set in July 1934, farmers and stockmen in the Roaring Fork valley wiped sweat off worried brows as they speculated as to just how long drought conditions would continue, and made plans to take their livestock off some ranges unless drenching rains relieve the situation within the next 10 days. Some thermometers in Aspen’s downtown area registered well above the 100 degree mark. Ranchers in this community state they have used more water so far this summer than they normally do in one full year.” The image above, taken from the abandoned Colorado Midland railroad bed in the 1930s, looks toward Shadow Mountain, the Holden Lixiviation Plant and the Marolt Ranch (formerly the Midland Ranch).

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