1935: Counterfeit dimes and quarters flood Aspen
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.Counterfeit dimes and quarters flood AspenAspen business men, during the past few days, have been victimized by a large number of counterfeit dimes and quarter-dollars, which have made their appearance in local trade channels. Almost every store in town has one or two samples of the “queer” that have been taken in unnoticed by clerks and proprietors.The counterfeits that are current locally are extremely poor examples of the counterfeiters’ art, and are readily recognized as bad. From all appearances, it would seem that lead is the main ingredient with some coating material used. The counterfeits, it is said first made their appearance here about a month ago, but did not obtain wide circulation until just the past few days.It is understood that the local “flood” has been reported to federal authorities in Denver. (April 4)Aspen Block to be Occupied by Auto Sales FirmThe Times learned this Week that negotiations have been practically completed between John L. Herron of this city, owner of the Aspen block, at the corner of Hyman avenue and Galena street, and Rader-Rule, Inc., Glenwood Springs automobile dealers, whereby the Glenwood firm will soon open for operation a modern, up-to-date garage, auto sales agency, and gasoline filling station in the building.It is anticipated by Rader-Rule, Inc., that the new business will be opened in this city soon after April 1.According to tentative plans, the automobile company will occupy all of the ground floor of the building, with the exception of one business room fronting on Galena street. It is planned to remodel the building, and make several changes in the present appearance, bringing it up-to-date in every respect.The remainder of the building, it is understood, is to be remodeled and renovated by Mr. Herron with the view of using upper floor for offices and apartments. (Feb. 21)County, State to Gravel Highway 82Pitkin County, in cooperation with the maintenance division of the state highway department, will gravel the six miles of Highway 82 near Gerbazdale in the near future, it was announced Tuesday by Joe Shea of Grand Junction, district maintenance engineer, after an inspections trip over the road and consultations with members of the Board of County Commissioners.The stretch to be surfaced is over the two three mile stretches improved by state highway department in 1934. Half of the portion to be graveled is between Gerbazdale and Snowmass. The road, at present, is almost impassable, according to motorists who have made the trip recently.Cost of the project will be approximately $6,000, according to Mr. Shea, and will be started early in April if weather permits. Four inches of gravel will be applied to the roadbed.FERA officials in this county have also expressed a willingness to aid in the project, and the labor necessary will likely be drawn from that source. (March 28)
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The city of Aspen’s new Lumberyard housing project will necessitate a new traffic light on Highway 82 by Builders FirstSource and Mountain Rescue Aspen.