1958: Airport to Have Busy Time
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. Airport to have busy timeThe busiest weekend in the history of the Aspen Airport is expected next week when the newly-enlarged and newly-paved airport is officially dedicated Sunday, Sept. 21.According to an announcement made this week by the Board of Pitkin County Commissioners, owners of the airport, invitations to the dedication ceremonies are now in the mail.Among the 500-odd persons to receive invitations are Governor Steve McNichols, Representative Wayne Aspinall and CAA District Engineer Henry Kimball.Many of the persons receiving invitations are expected to fly in to the new field on either Saturday or Sunday. Several members of Colorado’s famed Flying Farmers, a flying club, have already indicated their desire to attend the dedication.The commissioners stated that all Aspenites are invited, but lack of time and finances prevented them from sending written invitation to local residents.Work on the new paved landing strip and parking lot was started last fall and completed approximately three weeks ago. The work was financed jointly by CAA funds and by contributions from local organizations and residents.To make it possible to receive the government funds, title to the airport was deeded to the county without charge by the non-profit Aspen Airport Corporation in August 1956.This group acquired the airport from its former owners and original developers Walter Paepcke and Jack Spachner in order to deed it to the county. County ownership was a prerequisite for obtaining federal funds.Sparkplug in the drive to obtain CAA aid in improving the airport was County Commissioner Tom Sardy. He was instrumental in arranging the acquisition of the land by the corporation and in deeding it to the county. (Sept. 11)Aspen Lauded In Oklahoma For ZoningOften complimented for its scenery, Aspen and Pitkin County received accolades recently in an Oklahoma City newspaper for its efforts to limit signs through zoning.The article was written by travel editor Kent Ruth in the Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. Copies of the piece were sent to the Chamber of Commerce by Aspen visitors from that region.In her article, Miss Ruth said: “Aspen Colorado – Like the weather, outdoor advertising along the nation’s highways gets plenty of talk, little action. But not so in Aspen.This pleasant little mountain-locked Colorado mining-town-turned resort has virtually eliminated advertising signs from … town. Not only this, but it has also set up rules which regulate the size construction and operation of 90 percent of the signs in Aspen itself.” (July 17)
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