25-50-100 years ago
October 13, 2011
Forest Supervisor John McLaren wrote a letter to The Aspen Democrat-Times a century ago, outlining plans for a trail over East Maroon Pass. Wrote McLaren:I was interested in reading Mr. Hubbard’s article in last evening’s issue of your paper regarding his trip over here from Crested Butte.While on a field inspection last month, I made the trip from Crested Butte to Maroon pass and it was decided that the Forest Service would open the old road up East Maroon to the top of the pass and make a passable trail of it next spring.For the information of anyone contemplating making the trip this fall, I would suggest that the traveler go up West Maroon past Maroon lakes over an easy divide into the Crystal River Valley, where the trail intersects the Crested Butte road, from which point an excellent road leads to the Butte via Schofield Pass and Gothic.We have just expended over $300 on this trail and the work is nearly completed.After the East Maroon Creek trail is opened, it will afford a circle route between Aspen and Crested Butte, through fine scenery along both routes.
Advertisements in national publications irked local resort officials 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:Large ads placed by Pan American Airways in both national ski magazines this month have roused the ire of several Aspen organizations and may result in one or more suits for damages against the company and against the two magazines.Talk of a lawsuit was heard at recent meetings of the Aspen Lodging Association and at special sessions of Chamber of Commerce directors.Both groups, as well as members of the Aspen Restaurant Association, indicated that they consider the ads, which allegedly compare the costs of a European ski trip to a Rocky Mountain ski trip, to be false and misleading.According to Cliff Brelsford, spokesman for the Lodging Association and the Chamber of Commerce, the figures used by Pan American to show the cost of a two-week stay in a “Rocky Mountain resort” are much higher than existing prices in Aspen or in other Rocky Mountain areas.••••The Aspen Music Festival had a new music director 50 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:A new conductor, Walter Susskind, was named this week to take over musical direction of the Aspen Festival and Orchestra.Guest conductor at the Aspen festival for two weeks last summer, Susskind is permanent conductor of the Toronto Symphony. He is also noted for his guest appearances with orchestras throughout the world.Susskind will replace Izler Solomon, Aspen conductor since 1956, who resigned at the end of last summer’s concert season.
Aspen’s street lights illuminated competing goals 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:Given the old-style street lamps the city already has installed, should Aspen give more consideration to safety or to ambiance when selecting the light source for those lamps?This is a question which has occupied the Commercial Core and Lodging Commission for over a year and the City Council for over an hour during its regular meeting Monday.Focus of the discussion was a CCLC recommendation that the city use Grandeville glass globes on the light pedestals and mercury vapor bulbs, tentatively approved by the council in July with the final design. …A year ago, the council had authorized installation of six of the proposed standards along Galena in front of City Hall as a sample block to enable the CCLC to experiment with different light sources.However, council member Pat Fallin told CCLC members Monday, the light source chosen for the core area, and now in place, “are too bright and look like an airport instead of a historic district.”••••Aspen’s League of Women Voters lost steam 25 years ago. The Aspen Times reported:The Aspen chapter of the League of Women Voters is essentially disbanded.Several of its past members said the demise of the LWV was because of burn-out, and because of the changing roles of women. Another apparent reason is the growth and continued strength of the Aspen Women’s Forum, now 155 strong.Sandy Dewey resigned last spring as president, after two terms. The LWV does not normally meet during the summer months. Usually, it resumes meeting in September, but last month came and went, and nothing was organized.”Interest in politics tends to go in cycles,” said Dewey. “There were no major elections last year; people dropped out and lost interest.”