1924: The McClure Pass Picnic | AspenTimes.com

1924: The McClure Pass Picnic

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.

Yesterday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 o’clock 12 cars from Aspen, with 60 people, left for the McClure Pass Picnic. All arrived in good time and none had any serious trouble on the road. Those not going to the top of the pass from McClure Flats enjoyed a social time with Glenwood, Carbondale and Marble people.Many, however, rode horseback or walked to the top of the pass and enjoyed a rousing booster meet for good roads over McClure pass.All sat around on the summit eating lunches at noon, after which E.E. Hufty, toastmaster, introduced several speakers, to-wit:J.W. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Good Roads, who made an excellent talk on “Federal Aid for Roads.” (June 26, 1924)Colonel Peck, District Forest Supervisor told the large crowd what the Forest Service was doing for roads, which was very interesting.Dr. George Sullivan, commissioner of Gunnison County gave a general booster talk, and on boosting topics George is always at his best.George Collison, business manager of Denver’s New Chamber of Commerce told how the Denver C. of C. would boost the McClure Pass route.The Paonia band was on hand and they furnished excellent music throughout the entire day.

Irving Everett, Eugene Portnar, Emmett Knight and John Burch are in town, driving here from Colorado Springs in a Willys-Knight car equipped with balloon tires.They drove the 288 miles in 14 hours, coming from the Springs to Leadville, 150 miles, in 6 hours; the remaining distance to Aspen via Glenwood, 138 miles, requiring 8 hours, owing to the condition of the roads. Now had Independence Pass route been open, this party could have driven from Leadville to Aspen in not to exceed three hours and just jogged along at that.It’s a shame Independence Pass isn’t open for travel. (July 6, 1924)

Hon. Timothy Goodwin, an old-timer of Aspen, accompanied by his son-in-law John J. Gilligan and sons Francis and Joseph, left bright and early this morning for Hunter Park.The boys were loaded down with guns howitzers and fishing paraphernalia and large expectations of killing several bears and mountain lions and catching tub-fulls of the festive trout, while Grandad and Dad were equipped to do prospect work.Mr. Goodwin owns over 160 acres of mining property and during the summer will sink an exploration shaft to locate the ore bodies known to exist and “Tim” has a pretty good idea where the ore is, if anybody should ask you. And besides this Mr. Goodwin is “knocker” proof and says that just because some of the old haswassers tell him “it isn’t there” will have no effect on him because he knows that “it is there.” Would that we could get more men of wealth like Mr. Goodwin interested in our district.The Goodwin properties in Hunter Park comprise the Maiden group, Crown Point group, Red Chief group, Empire group, Iron Mountain group and many other single claims, making over 160 acres in all. The properties run over 3,000 feet on the apex and in the early days several good showings were made along this section of the belt….Armed with this knowledge and having plenty of the “long green” to back that knowledge, it is a foregone conclusion that “Tim” Goodwin will open a mine this summer in Hunter Park that will make the country turn its eyes again to Aspen Mining.That’s all we need to put Aspen back to the position she occupied before ’93.Mining-that’s Aspen’s business. Let’s stick to it. (July 9, 1924)

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