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25/50/75

MAY 1929

Hundreds of dollars for a real estate purchase in Aspen? Only during the Quiet Years.

L.L. Wilkes has purchased the Collins Block of D.R.C. Brown, the deal being closed this week. The transactions involved many hundreds of dollars and is one of the largest real estate transfers transacted in Aspen for several years.

Speaking of D.R.C. Brown …

While David R.C. Brown was in town for the forepart of the week, he asked us why we didn’t tell how much taxes he paid when we published how much he had received of the City’s revenue.

Being fair-minded and not wishing to be called unfair, we very gladly agreed to grant Dave’s request.

Here goes:

It has long been the assertion of Mr. Brown that he paid one-third of the City’s taxes.

Now, here are the facts:

The City’s total tax is about one-third of the county and only about 60 per cent of the city tax is paid and Mr. Brown pays not to exceed one-fourth of this 60 per cent, or about 15 per cent of the total City tax and he still receives nearly 20 per cent of the City’s total revenue.

Today the Glenwood Springs Hot Pool is a wonderful springtime destination. The same could be said in May 1929. The Times wrote,

Last Sunday was a real summer day and quite a number of people made the most of it by motoring to the Spa. “We” counted 35 Aspenites in the Spa.

Road trip had a whole different meaning 75 years ago …

“Curley” Fosdick motored to Aspen Friday from Meeker and returned to Glenwood the same day. He sports a new Lincoln coupe and says there is nothing on the road that can pass him.

Ever wonder why hot in Aspen isn’t as hot as elsewhere? The Times explains,

Why sunstrokes and heat prostrations do not occur in Colorado during the high temperatures of July and August ” the reason Colorado has become a refreshing refuge for tourists in the summertime ” is explained scientifically in a new bulletin just published by the Colorado Agricultural college experiment station.

“The Climate of Colorado” is the title of this bulletin, which was written by Robert E. Trimble …

“The prevailing lack of moisture in the air is favorable to increased intensity of the direct rays of the sun but, owing to the dry atmosphere, which is favorable to rapid cooling by radiation and evaporation even the warmest days are comfortable in the shade, and are succeeded by cool nights, which prevent a tendency toward the debility incident to continued heat.”

MAY 1954

Aspen Mountain was just beginning to take shape as the ski hill we know today. And, according to following report in The Times, the whole town was being given the “opportunity” to buy in.

Instead of the projected platter pull, Aspen’s ski hill will have a high capacity double chair lift extending from the Dam in Spar Gulch to the Sundeck, the Aspen Skiing Corporation announced this week.

At the same time the announcement was made, details of financing the new lift were announced. Highlight of the plan was that Aspen residents, for the first time since the original lift was constructed, will be invited to participate in the financing.

The community Aspen has been invited to finance $25,000 in the form of ten year notes drawing 4% interest.

At a special meeting of the Chamber of Commerce directors held last Monday, Chamber officials announced their intention of trying to keep the purchase of these notes an exclusively Aspen affair. They pointed out that this in an excellent opportunity for Aspen residents and businessmen to share in a business venture with the Corporation which plays such a large part in Aspen’s economic life.

Long before ordinances regulating timeshares and deed-restricted housing were fodder for City Council, there was this:

Three new ordinances have passed first reading by the City Council last Monday, and are being published for the first time in this issue of The Times. …

Ordinance No. 3 is the much discussed “Sleeping Bag Ordinance.” The chief provisions of this ordinance provides for cleanliness at all times; owner must provide at least 40 square feet of space in each sleeping bag unit for each occupant; and must provide at least one flush water closet, lavatory basin, and bath tub or shower, properly connected to sewer system, hot and cold water, for each ten persons residing within the rooming house.

Now Aspen icons, the Pfisters were just beginning their life together in Aspen. The “Aspen Society” column noted,

A chivari was held Monday night welcoming home the bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Art Pfister, who were married in Tulsa recently, and are making their home here.

MAY 1979

Many consider Aspen and Pitkin County to be political hotbeds. The same couldn’t be said 25 years ago. The Times reported,

Pitkin County had the lowest voter turnout of any county in Colorado in the 1978 general election, according to the official abstract of votes cast.

Pitkin County’s turnout was 53%.

Pitkin County also had the lowest voter turnout at the 1974 gubernatorial election, 60.9%.

Much like today, offseason in Aspen meant scaled-back flight service. The Times wrote,

Both Rocky Mountain Airlines and Aspen Airlines have cut back their schedule of daily flights to Denver to four for the off-season.

In addition, some of the flights by both airlines are not direct. Rocky Mountain stops at Avon on some flights, and Aspen Airways goes by way of Gunnison.

The price of gas is on people’s minds these days, much as it was in 1979 …

Colorado service stations may close for four days next month to protest declining profits under a proposal being considered by the Colorado Petroleum Retailers Assn.

The service station owners say their economic backs are against the wall at a time when large oil companies are declaring nine-figure profits while passing price increases along to dealers, who then face the ire of complaining motorists. …

Aspen businessmen are watching the developments somewhat nervously, wondering about the effect on the tourist industry. Cutbacks in the availability of jet fuel can have an even greater impact in Pitkin County.

A chivalrous water attorney, who later became a contentious proponent for big development on the W/J ranch, announced a great victory for the rivers and streams of the Western Slope,

Pitkin County and the City of Aspen won what water attorney John Musick called a “monumental victory” Tuesday when the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of minimum stream flows.

The decision means that diversions that threaten the natural environment, wildlife and fisheries won’t be permitted.

“The courts have now taken the first step,” Musick said, “towards insuring that our streams will be protected against subsequent appropriations which could tend to de-water the streams.” …

With the minimum stream flow decrees, Musick said, “We will be able to compel all subsequent users to protect the stream while meeting energy and population demands. It will force us to become efficient. The developers can’t get away with ridiculous projects any more.”


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