1899: Women ski Hunter Pass, which goes postal | AspenTimes.com

1899: Women ski Hunter Pass, which goes postal

In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. WOMEN ON SNOWSHOESMrs. Elder and Mrs. Hopkins Came Down From Independence

Mrs. T.L. Hopkins and Mrs. D.H. Elder, two brave Hunter Pass women, arrived from that snowbound camp yesterday, having made the trip out eighteen miles on Norwegian snowshoes [what we now call skis!]. Mrs. Hopkins, when about half way down, met with a painful accident which delayed them somewhat. In coasting down a hill the lady got a hard fall which severely sprained a wrist. Besides being painful the injury prevented her from using the pole which is an essential part of the snowshoer outfit. But they finally reached town all right, and after a day or two’s rest will make the return trip.Mrs. Elder says the snow about Independence is becoming granulated and soft and small slides are now quite numerous. The trip, she says, is quite dangerous now, especially during the part of the day when it is thawing.

HUNTER PASS POSTOFFICE”Our New Postoffice, and we’re going to call it Chipeta.” The petition for a postoffice at Hunter Pass [today’s Independence Pass] has been resurrected after nearly ten months … . As the mail facilities at Hunter Pass has been anything but satisfactory from a business standpoint the long isolated camp at the head of the Roaring Fork is to be congratulated … .

But the dawn of a new millennium is at hand and other metropolitan luxuries will follow close upon the heels of the new postoffice. We are no longer the dormant residents of an unknown mining camp somewhere up the gulch, but we are soon to be a part of Uncle Sam’s folks and are billed for a tri-weekly mail.”Hurrah for us! We are the people.” No longer will the flourishing city of Ashcroft point the finger of scorn at us and say “wake up you sleepy heads. Wake up and get a move on ye,” but she can now take us by the hand and say, “Hello there Chepita: You’re all right!”

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