When Aspen was slower and simpler | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

When Aspen was slower and simpler

With regard to the recent articles — “A 40 million “ranch” — really?” by Paul Andersen in The Aspen Times and “Pioneer Billy Zaugg” by Tim Cooney in the Aspen Daily News — my commendations to both Tim and Paul for their recent articles. The juxtaposition of the “Aspen of Yesterday” that I knew as a boy in the 1940s and the Aspen of today is most apparent in these two articles.

How times have changed!

Back in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, times in Aspen were hard. Everyone was poor! Old miners and prospectors sat on wire benches at the post office in the Elks Building, waiting for the train whistle to announce the arrival of the daily mail. It was a different Aspen then. No one was in a hurry. Most Aspen folks had very little money to spend and the times were still hard.

Yes, Aspen has changed! For the better? It depends on your viewpoint! For comparison, take a look at an Aspen paper in the ‘40s as compared to the slick ads of today! Wow! What a difference!

Support Local Journalism

As for me? I’m glad to have known many of those “old timers.” Some years ago, while at a water conference in Wyoming, a gentleman commented to me, “You’re from Aspen? You must be rich!”

Yes, Paul and Tim, Aspen has certainly changed! Thanks for the memories! Your articles are great! Keep them coming.

Jim Markalunas

Aspen


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User