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And the West is History

The cornerstone was laid for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, No. 507, in 1925 at Ninth Street and East Second Avenue. Durango Elks Lodge still uses the same building today, at 901 East Second Ave.

100 years ago: The Denver & Rio Grande installed additional electric headlights on tea kettles to allow engineers a brighter view of the tracks as fall approached and the days became darker.

75 years ago: Librarians in Durango announced children’s book week would be held Nov. 13-19 and include a special display in the children’s room at the local library.

50 years ago: Residents were informed that the 49th annual Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis Club convention would be held Sept. 12-15 in Durango. The three-day event, which would “blend business with pleasure,” expected to attract 500 to 600 club members.

25 years ago: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office received at least three calls from residents who claimed they saw “something that looked like a falling star that was very large and had visible flames that could have been a plane descending at a very steep angle in the vicinity of Gem Village.” Animas Air Park reported that all planes were accounted for, but assisted in a search. Nothing was found.

Items in this column were selected from The Durango Herald archives. Accuracy of content may not be verified.

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