Snowmass history: Western roots |

Snowmass history: Western roots

The flyer image caption read: “The $15 million Snowmass-At-Aspen resort will turn to its cow-punching heritage this weekend as it celebrates Western Days ... The old ranch buildings in the foreground are nearly [sic] the development’s golf course and tennis courts. You can just barely see West Village abuilding in the background in this photo snapped in the spring of 1967.”
Carolyn Feller/Aspen Historical Society |

“First Annual Western Days Set at Snowmass,” the Aspen Flyer announced on August 2, 1968. “Cowboys and Indians, square dancers, can-can girls, live western entertainment, a western movie, horse races, a children’s rodeo, flapjack breakfast, western snacks and a parade of the old west are featured at Snowmass this weekend as part of the first annual Western Days celebration there. Friday evening there will be entertainment by Bobby ‘Apt. 19’ Austin and Jim Mooney and their western band and by the 20-String Blue Grass Band as well as by Travis Edmonson and The Loving Sound.” Events were held all weekend in the mall, movies at the Opticon, the children’s rodeo near lift two, along with barn dances and horse races.

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