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25-50-100 years ago

Sara Garton
Automobiles, little by little, were navigating Aspen's roadways. Horse and buggy were still the most popular transport. Members of the Adams family, pulled by Blossom, enjoy an outing up Castle Creek in 1909. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

A runaway occurred Sunday evening on the Castle creek road near the Midland section house. A party was returning from Ashcroft and had reached the foot of Powder House hill when the driver dropped the lines. The driver and his companion grabbed a line each and the see-sawing which followed frightened the horse and caused him to run. The animal swung onto the old road down to the creek from which the bridge had been removed several years. Luckily the horse was stopped just in time to save him going over the bank into the water below, which might have resulted in the serious injury of the occupants of the buggy [see photo].

At 8 o’clock Sunday morning about 200 of Aspen’s sport-loving people assembled at the Union depot preparing to boarding the Colorado Midland Road Race special. …

As the special pulled out the fun started, and as the special passed Watson, Snow Mass and other little places, the crowd was added to by nearly 100 valley ranchers and their families who were out for a day’s enjoyment and pleasure.

Upon arriving at Basalt, that little berg was made joyful by the presence of the Aspen people and here it was necessary to put in another two hours waiting for the arrival of the Grand Junction section of the Road Race special. It was a hard job for the ladies to put in the time at Basalt as the depot platform was their limit to parade over while the men could occasionally cross the railroad tracks to the drugstore. About 12 o’clock the Junctionites and the Hot Water folks arrived, when the Aspen section was hooked up to the big train and all pulled out to the point where the riders were to make their start for the run to Glenwood.

Arriving at the starting point, the train stopped and several hundred of the excursionists jumped off to be closer to the riders from the road to the stirring strains of music as furnished by the Grand Junction and Palisade brass bands.

Judge Otto Flote of Denver, Chas Van Hosieback of Grand Junction, and Colonel M.W. Smith of Aspen lined the riders up in their starting order, and at 12:47 o’clock Frank Crawford started from the line and went sailing down the road with the cheers of the people ringing in his ears. Two minutes later, Carpenter, of Grand Junction, hit the trail and he was given the same encouragement. This was repeated till Browning, the scratch man, left the mark, when all boarded the train to follow the riders over the course. …

Upon nearing Glenwood the train “hiked” along to beat the riders in, and the people rushed up to the Hotel Glenwood to witness the arrival of the first rider.

Everybody “rubbered” up the avenue and sure ’nuff one was just coming over

the brow of the hill and was soon flying by the crowds for the line ” and he was Barber of Grand Junction. …

Zuspensis [Zupancis?] of Aspen made a good record in securing third place [and a $35 dollar prize] considering the fact he worked in the mine until 12 o’clock Saturday night. …

The race being over, the excursionists hied away to the restaurants to get something to eat. The feed being over, all went out to the ball ground to witness the game between Glenwood and Grand Junction teams.

It was a great game and for several innings the score stood 1 to 0 in favor of the Hot Water team, but along in the seventh inning the Junctionites went to pieces and the Hot lads soon had the score 6 to 0 in their favor and this is the way it stood at the finish.

And then over the bridge across the Grand river went the crowds to see Professor Bowen make his high dive.

At 6 o’clock, after the hat had been passed for donations to the professor, he appeared on the little platform built of the top of the bridge and during breathless silence he made the plunge about 65 feet and struck the water flat on his back. He went under but soon came up and gave the signal for help, which was near at hand in the shape of a boat in the hands of expert oarsmen.

While the professor was being pulled ashore, a coal miner, Dan Flockard, became enthusiastic and jumped into the stream and swam out creating much excitement. Soon, however, it became evident that Flockard was in danger of drowning, and the boatmen, after landing Bowen, started for Flockard, rescuing him about 200 yards downstream.

Professor Bowen suffered three broken ribs as a result of his high dive.

At 9 o’clock the return trip was started and the Aspen excursionists arrived in this

city shortly after 12 o’clock and were soon sound asleep dreaming of the events of the Tenth Annual Road Race.

Aspen residents will again have the chance to vote on acquiring a municipal water system it was decided by the City Council at its meeting last Monday, Aug. 5.

Adopted on first reading at the regular session were two ordinances setting up the acquisition by condemnation of the existing privately owned water system and providing for a plebiscite to approve the acquisition. …

Actual amount to be paid for the existing system, which has repeatedly been declared unsatisfactory by the State Health Department and which must be rebuilt “from scratch,” according to engineering reports, will be set either by arbitration or by a trial jury.

Realizing a need created by Aspen’s bad water, a Denver firm announced last week that it will attempt to market water filters in the Aspen area.

Known as the Katadyn Water Purifier, the filter is distributed in Colorado by B. and G. Enterprises of Denver and will be handled in Aspen by Mario and Tulio Lalli.

Manufacturers of the new filtering mechanism claim that it not only screens out water impurities, but kills all bacteria. Although no models of the new filter are at present in use in Aspen, representatives of the distributing company plan to have one in operation at Mario’s restaurant sometimes this week.

Aspen will transform itself from a cultural mecca to a proper cow town for 48 hours this weekend when tourists and residents temporarily forsake the pursuit of edification for cow-chasing.

Acting for most of the summer like a Chataqua in the Rockies, the area will throb with Western airs when the annual Silver Stampede rodeo [see photo] gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday morning with a parade. …

With saddle bronc riding as the main attraction both Saturday and Sunday, all of the other traditional scuffles between man and animals that make up rodeos are on the docket too.

These include wild horse races, bulldogging, bareback bronc riding, calf roping and stake racing.

Two events, steer-riding and musical chairs have been organized for children.

The Aspen Skiing Company’s consideration of a hotel complex at the base of Aspen Mountain is producing only low-key comment by company officials even though plans for that project may be submitted for the city’s consideration this fall.

Recent reports of a 179-room hotel pus 22 condominiums were based on figures that “are not even tentative,” said Peter Forsch, the company’s transportation and housing manager. …

Forsch said it is not the company’s intention to be evasive on the hotel subject, but that he wants to protect company credibility. … Forsch and Jack Brendlinger, director of public relations, agreed the plans are only in the development stage and no firm commitment had been made to proceed with the project. …

Among the issues requiring resolution is a long-term lease held by Little Nell’s proprietor, Phil Henke. That building, along with some others on Skiing Company property, would have to be removed to make room for the complex. …

Also to be considered are the worries of the lodging community. The implication has been, said Brendlinger, that a massive hotel complex would be detrimental to smaller lodge owners. …

Brendlinger said that the company position is that the community needs a major hotel in order to compete effectively with other top-flight ski areas, a statement supported by Forsch, who termed the hotel concept as “sorely needed.”

The hotel proposal is more than the recognition of need, however ” it represents a substantial shift in company policy.

The Aspen Leaves Literary Foundation is calling a public meeting Sunday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 a.m. for all locals interested in keeping the literary organization alive. …

“Do writers and poets want to maintain a loose-knit organization, and do they believe literary events are valuable?” Those are some of the questions [director Linda Davis] is asking.

The only programs currently alive and well within the foundation are the Aspen Writers Conferences and the Small Book Press.

Gone is the Reading and Lecture Series that brought such writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Naomi Lazard and Reg Saner to Aspen.

Gone are the Third Thursday Readings and the Third Wednesday Workshops for writers.

Gone is the children’s creative writing and poetry program in the schools. …

The foundation was created in 1972 by Aspenites Indira Singh, Adele Dusenbery and Sandra Stuller, who founded the Aspen Review.