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And the West is History

“Visitors return to Spruce Tree House, one of Mesa Verde’s most famous ruins, after officials reopened the national park in the aftermath of a July 1989 fire that burned 2,600 acres. Most of the fire damage was in heavy brush in the southwest portion of the park away from major archaeological ruins.”

100 years ago: “By majorities that approximated the total vote for the proposed laws, the two initiated ordinances regulating saloons and increasing the license to $1,200 and closing billiard rooms on Sundays and prohibiting all other games than billiards, were defeated in the municipal election.”

75 years ago: “A group of businessmen from Buena Vista interested in the promotion of their annual lettuce day celebration met with the Spanish Trails Fiesta committee to look over the Fiesta stands and learn how they were put up.”

50 years ago: “The traffic light at 17th Street and Main Avenue was removed and stop signs were installed on Park Avenue on both sides of Main. The street widening project necessitated removal of the lights and the stop signs will be used until the project is completed enough to install the new lights.”

25 years ago: “Land-use approval for a Florida Mesa gas-compression station is so important to Amoco Production Co., the company has taken out a full-page ad in The Durango Herald to explain the project. The multi-million dollar facility, to be the hub of Amoco’s coal-gas operations in La Plata County, will be considered for final approval by the La Plata County Commissioners.”

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

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