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And the West is History

100 years ago: “Bayfield narrowly defeated: In the most interesting game of the season, the Smelter defeated Bayfield 6 to 5. But it took 10 innings to get the necessary margin. Both teams are strengthened by recent acquisitions. Bayfield by pitcher Flynn, just arrived from San Antonio, TX, and the Smelter by Karl Anheier of Montrose at short.”

75 YEARS AGO: “Pagosa man donates site for ski course: Pagosa Springs is a step closer to having a ski course. W. E. Colton donated the site. He has granted a five-year lease on 80 acres on the northeast slope of Reservoir Hill. Membership in the ski club will be $2, which gives a rope tow privilege for 25 cents per day. Now Pagosa residents won’t have to travel 25 miles or more to ski, and can instead almost ski out their back door.”

50 YEARS AGO: “San Juan biggest contributor of state’s National Forests: The San Juan National Forest, with headquarters in Durango, was the largest contributor to the $220,494 in revenue Colorado received from its National Forests in 1966. The White River NF was second, and the Routt NF was third.”

25 YEARS AGO: “La Plata County Sheriff: Driver for High Country Trucking allegedly pulled a gun on another trucker at King Coal Mine. Unable to locate victim.”

Most items in this column are taken from The Durango Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and The Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not be verified.

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