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Letter: Letter writer distorted history

Ed Petrosius raises some questions about the age of various trees in Aspen (“Cash grab by the Brown brothers,” Letters, April 23, The Aspen Times).

Prior to the founding of Aspen in 1879, the area where the town now sits was covered in sage brush and the only existing indigenous trees at that time grew by the river or on the north aspects of the mountains. (http://aspenhistory.pastperfect-online.com/31083cgi/mweb.exe?request=image&hex=19750140009.JPG.)

Thus, any tree in town would have been planted later than 1879 and could not be older than 135 years. Our archives are a fabulous resource for historical information on specific trees or properties in town, or anything related to the history of Aspen and the valley.

Our archives and archivists are available Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Christine Benedetti

Aspen Historical Society