25/50/75 | AspenTimes.com


JULY 1929Aspen celebrated the Fourth of July, as it continues to do, with early-morning cannon blasts. The Times wrote,The morning of the Fourth was greeted by a salute of forty-eight broadsides of giant powder fired from the contiguous mountain sides by squads of Aspen’s battery of heavy artillery.Of course, everybody “got up” when the big noise started just as Old Sol peeped over the Top of the World and cast his beneficent rays on the housetops of the Crystal City of the Rockies – and there was something doing from that minute thruout the day and on into the wee small hours of this morning.Same story, different year …The continued dry weather has placed the forest lands of the west in an extremely critical condition. There is more danger of forest fires now than at any time since the Forest Service was created. For the first time, in Colorado forests, the building of camp fires in any other places than well-protected or improved camp grounds is forbidden. Also, the shooting of fireworks is banned anywhere on the forest land.It seems Aspen’s spring cleaning trickled into the summer months. The Times reported,The marshal was instructed to see that the premises on the south side of West Main street between 4th and 5th streets be cleaned up at once to the end that the eyesore may be made an attractive sight. Also the marshal was instructed to clean out the bootlegging joints that infest certain portions of our fair city.The old wreck of a building on the southwest corner of Center and Main streets was condemned as a fire trap and ordered razed. The council could well have taken the same action relative to the building next to the one condemned.Also the building on lot F, block 60 was condemned and ordered razed.At the next meeting the council will make a general cleanup of all old shacks and fire traps.Was a free tank of gas part of the allure 75 years ago?That motor visitors are planning to spend more time than usual in Colorado and Wyoming during the 1929 season is indicated in inquiries being received daily by the Travel Service Department of Rocky Mountain Motorists, Inc., the local A.A.A. club, according to a report of that organization just released.Many of these travelers are already in the state, and the information requested shows that they intend to stay indefinitely. All parts of the Rocky Mountain region seem to be equally popular, with the Western Slope of Colorado and the Dude Ranch country of Wyoming coming in for an unusual amount of interest.JULY 1954The Aspen School District announced the start of a kindergarten class – and it wasn’t free!It’s good news for the small fry! On June 30th the School Board, and many parents met for the final plans and approval for the Aspen Kindergarten.In September 1954, Aspen will have a pre-school year for five year olds. It is open to the entire district.For the present time the kindergarten will be managed by donations and tuition. The tuition fee is $10.00 a month, or $90.00 for the school term. The rodeo, replete with parade, rodeo queen contest and Cutting Horse contest, was big doings 50 years ago. The Times announced,Final plans for the 2nd Annual Aspen Silver Stampede rodeo indicate this year’s festivities will far surpass last year in entertainment and thrills. Work is progressing on the new, modern lighted arena located one mile west of town on Colorado Highway 82, to make it even more comfortable than last year.A local doctor and political activist, fondly known as “Bugsy,” added another occupation to his résumé.Dr. Robert Barnard, local physican and surgeon, was elected to the board of directors of the Aspen Skiing Corporation at the annual meeting of the corporation last Sunday, July 4.Dr. Barnard is the first Aspen resident to be placed on the board of the Skiing Corporation since its formation eight years ago. As a result of a block of 6500 shares of stock in the corporation being made available to Aspenites, Dr. Barnard was placed on the board. More than 60 Aspenites were purchasers of the stock. Tea at a Woody Creek Caucus meeting? Nah, this was the old Woody Creek Caucus.Wednesday afternoon the Woody Creek group of the W.S.C.S. served tea to welcome the new residents in the Woody Creek community.July 1979A lack of water was most certainly not an issue outside Aspen 25 years ago, especially for folks camped out east of town. The Times reported,Human error, mechanical failure, and a few Acts of God combined last weekend to wash out the Lincoln Creek road, strand a number of campers, flood the Northstar Ranch, and bring the Roaring Fork to the very edge of its bank here in town.The flooding fiasco began last Friday, when the Twin Lakes Canal Co., which diverts water from the Roaring Fork drainage to the East Slope, attempted to lower the water level in the Grizzly Reservoir, east of Aspen. …When the draining process was started, a pin sheared off in the mechanism controlling the reservoir water gates and the flow, once started, could not be stopped. …This run-off not only added directly to Lincoln Creek, but also filled water diversion structures on Lost Man Creek to the point of overflowing and this overflow found its way into Lincoln Creek as well. …When the floodwaters inundated the road, they stranded a number of people who had been on camping trips and suddenly found themselves on the wrong side of the creek.The Times also offered this firsthand account of the flooding,”I was terrified,” admits Aspen Times photographer Chris Cassatt. “I came within an inch of killing myself.”Cassatt’s brush with eternity came on the second day of three days that he, his wife Lauren, and their two dogs spent stranded in the woods, marooned by flooding along Lincoln Creek and apparently forgotten by local authorities. …After waiting all day Saturday for the waters to subside, Cassatt decided to wade out on Sunday and go for help. … Cassatt contacted Forest Service personnel on the other side of the stream who gave him a ride back into town to pick up food supplies and then promised him that they would return the next morning with a raft to ferry wife, dogs and possessions across the water. …”They just never showed up,” explains Cassatt.Fortunately, the photographer had notified several friends of his predicament when he had gone into town and preparations for private rescue operations were already under way.Congratulations, Barbara and Bil …Barbara Allen and Aspen Times publisher William R. Dunaway were married at a private ceremony on Sunday, July 1.The Aspen Times printed yet another bit of news about Aspen making headlines.The publicity about Aspen just never seems to stop.And the latest in the parade of books and articles about Aspen is a new novel by Tom Huth, entitled Unnatural Axe. …But is his book really about Aspen? Huth says yes and no. Yes, because Aspen sells. And no, there is a lot of Boulder mixed with Aspen. …”I love Aspen,” he says. “It’s a terrific circus. But I could never live here. It’s too flashy. And I can’t help wondering what all the old-timers must think to see their town so changed.”

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