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Coming up: How the city of Aspen took a seat

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The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Just how did Aspen become the Pitkin County seat?

On Tuesday, the Aspen Historical Society’s Time Travel Series will explore the forces that led to Aspen becoming a county seat high in the Rockies.

In a discussion titled “Pitkin: A County Created Out of Thin Air,” panelists will talk about how the first silver prospectors arrived in Aspen in 1879 and how within two years Gov. Frederick Pitkin had ratified the county boundaries and declared Aspen the seat. Today, Pitkin County has 32 departments and maintains 265 miles of roads and 24 bridges.

Panelists will include Jon Peacock, Pitkin County manager; Larry Fredrick, Aspen Historical Society volunteer historian; and Michael Kinsley, former Pitkin County commissioner.

Future Time Travel Series topics include:

March 12: “Citizens’ Hospital to Aspen Valley Hospital: Public to Nonprofit.”

March 19: “Fire or Emergency: Get the 411 on 911.”

March 26: “Walking the Straight and Narrow: Law Enforcement in Our Valley.”

All Time Travel Tuesdays take place at the Aspen Community Church, 200 E. Bleeker St., at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $8 and free for Lixiviator members.


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