From the archives: Fourth of July parade

Courtesy Aspen Historical Society
This float in Aspen's Fourth of July parade on Mill Street, at the corner of East Hopkins and South Mill, circa 1910, consists of a heavily decorated wagon pulled by two horses. The Wheeler Opera House is in the background.
Aspen Historical Society/Courtesy photo

On June 30, 1893, the Aspen Daily Times promoted the upcoming Fourth of July parade, noting that “the parade which will march through the streets at 11 o’clock on the Fourth of July is going to be a record breaker.  Following is the line of march: Parade will form on the corner of Mill and Hyman. It will march south on Mill to Cooper, east on Cooper to Hunter, North on Hunter to Hopkins, west on Hopkins to Galena, south on Galena to Hyman, west on Hyman to Second, north on Second to Main, east on Main to Mill, south on Mill to Hyman, where the parade will be dismissed.  Among the other attractions will be the city and county officials in carriages, the fine trotters, the cowboys under the command of J.M. Williams, burros in charge of George Manley, the Aspen Fire Department and many other interesting and pleasing features. The committee requests residents along the line of march as given above to sprinkle the streets in front of their homes thoroughly before the parade and save themselves and the paraders much dust and trouble.”

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