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The West is History

100 years ago: “A Clever Girl: We shall expect to see Clara Geoglein our next county clerk and recorder. Not so much because of her admitted popularity as that she has been an attentive and careful accountant. The office is due her, and the county needs her services.”

75 YEARS AGO: “One of the biggest native trout to come out of the basin waters in recent years was on display in front of the Gardenswartz store this morning. The monster fish weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces was caught out of Flint Lake on a ‘hair’ fly. The native trout, contrasting attractively with the rainbows and browns that have been displayed, was 26 inches long.”

50 YEARS AGO: “Construction will get under way early this fall on a $1,638,000 student center and residence hall complex on the Fort Lewis College campus. The six residence halls are designed for cottage-style living with ample closet and interior space.”

25 YEARS AGO: “An Amoco Production Co. plastic underground pipeline carrying briney waste water from gas wells burst on Florida Mesa Thursday night, spilling 13,000 gallons into an irrigation ditch, Amoco officials said.”

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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