From the Vault: Honoring Paepcke |

From the Vault: Honoring Paepcke

One color slide transparency of Paepcke Park. The gazebo can be seen in the center of the park, as can buildings in the background. The image was taken in the summer. "Bandstand at Aspen" is written on the slide.

“Walter Paepcke park dedication is Sunday,” announced The Aspen Times on Aug. 19, 1960. “The memory of Walter P. Paepcke, father of modern Aspen, will be honored Sunday, Aug. 21 when what is now known as City Park is dedicated to him. Ceremonies consisting of short talks and a musical program will begin at 12:30 PM. Aspen Mayor Mike Garrish will give the dedication address. Musical arrangements are under the direction of Forrestt Miller, coordinator of the Young Artists of Aspen. Miller said a short concert by a student orchestra is planned. Proposed last fall, the dedication of the Main St. Park to Aspen’s most eminent former citizen was postponed to this summer so that a more representative section of the town’s populace could be in attendance. After the dedication, the park will be known as the Walter P. Paepcke Park. Both county commissioners and the city council unanimously approved the plan. Chairman of the arrangements committee is Robert Marsh.” The image above shows City Park in 1959, the summer before it was dedicated as Paepcke Park.

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

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