By Sarah J. Pearce
Well-done consultant to Aspen, the Roaring Fork Valley (including the yuletide Quarry), full of interesting information regarding their heritage and with maps displaying attention-grabbing strolling excursions. Illustrated all through with black and white images. forty eight pages.
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Although the train was 90 minutes late to the celebration, no one seemed to care. And the party and the constantly blasting train whistle were so loud that the frightened dairy cows stopped giving milk. This created a shortage that lasted for several days. The Colorado Midland Although the Rio Grande won the race to Aspen, the Colorado Midland was not far behind. It planned to build a shorter, but more difficult, route from Leadville over the Continental Divide into the valley along the Frying Pan River.
Armory Hall 130 S. F. Lodge on the upper floor. The building was dedicated in the course of an "inaugural ball" on January 21, 1892the first of some 21 balls, dances, festivals, concerts, political rallies, cake walks and socials chronicled that first year alone. When silver mining was at its height, Armory Hall served a dual functiona staging area for military drills by day and a dance floor for Aspen's most glittering social affairs by night. During Aspen's "quiet years," the Hall served the community as a roller rink, auditorium, and gymnasium.
Mining at Aspen developed slowly. The Roaring Fork Valley was very isolated, the weather severe, and mining difficult. Independence and Ashcroft received most of the early attention. Only gradually did Aspen emerge as the valley's leading producer. Finally, the boom was on! What made Aspen the silver queen of the Rockies was the arrival of the railroad in 1887two railroads, in factthe Denver & Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland. Once they linked Aspen with "the outside world," production surged.