1921: Opening the Pass
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.HARD-ROCK MINERS MAY NOW GET READY TO DO THEIR BITThe following is from our special correspondent at the front:Breaking-the-Snow Camp, Roaring Fork, May 4 (By Carrier) – The men on the job are making good progress and have dug a way for horses two-thirds of the distance to Lost Man and at this writing Wednesday night, have dragged with plunging horses a wagon as far as the Grottos. It is a tough proposition all right and is no place for anyone who is looking for an easy job, as a matter-fact it is a man’s proposition. While considerable digging has been done yet in places, the horses would plunge to their bellies.A good esprit de corps is maintained in the gang and the men work long hours, and faithfully and doggedly, and say they will fight it out along this line if it takes all summer. They have been bucking the line for four days now and in a couple of days can get to Lost Man.The days are warm and the sun with snow reflection makes a fierce and blinding light. The men’s faces look like nice, newly cut beefsteaks. They resemble Indians or brazen Hindoo idols, but they are full of fight, yet at night they come in “dog-tired.” A good dinner revives their spirits, and eat! say, take it from me, if any man-Jack of them puts away less than a bushel of provender at each sitting then it is because he is an invalid and I have seen none such around camp. They even begrudge the hole in the doughnut.Then they gather around the evening fire, for the nights are frosty even though it is one hundred degrees in the shade day time, and enjoy a post-brandial smoke and listen to a few choice and man-size remarks by those present, then to bed and tomorrow is a new day, with new pep and new push.Tomorrow they will use a sled and the going will be easier on the teams. It can be done and we have the force who can do it.The warm days of March melted the surface and the cold nights froze a hard crust, that in turn was covered by a foot or more of April snow. This presents a combination that it is safe to say could not be worked by the sun under six weeks or two months and the present work means that much advance in getting to the rock work.We have put our hands to the snow-play and will neither turn round or back up and the hard-rock men might as well be getting their steel bitted and their hammers handled and prepare to expectorate on their hands at any old time now.
Gray wolf and mountain lion present ranges will be mapped by the U.S. Forest Service in its cooperative campaign with the Biological Survey to eradicate these two most destructive predatory animals from the stock of Colorado and Wyoming.Three thousand two hundred and eight sheep and fifty-four cattle were killed on the Forest ranges of Colorado alone during 1920. Wolves, coyotes and mountain lions were mainly responsible for this slaughter. The U.S. Biological Survey plans to employ constantly in the district at least four or five expert lion hunting outfits, and two or three wolf hunters of proven ability, according to word received by District Forester Allen S. Peck.
Charles Anderson left on today’s Grande for Denver to spend a few days on business. The high school will hold an inter-class track meet at the Fair Grounds tomorrow afternoon. Mrs. George Rohrbough returned to her home at Rose Spur today after spending the day in town on business. Robert Shields was an incoming passenger on the Grande today from the William Brothers’ ranch on Snowmass. The Junior class of the A.H.S. gave a party last evening in the Crystal City club rooms. Refreshments were served and all report having the best time ever.
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