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And the West is History: Durango Downtown – 1951

In many people’s mind, the era before the 1960s is often thought of in terms of black and white. Television, newspaper pictures and most movies were in black and white. Our minds may tend to perceive those days, not as color remembrances but rather in shades of gray, white and black. This picture taken in 1951 from atop the Strater Hotel is vibrant with color and almost looks like it could have been taken yesterday rather than 70 years ago. – Ed Horvat for Animas Museum, edhorvat@animasmuseum (Courtesy of La Plata County Historical Society)