And the West is History

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 2:31 PM

100 years ago: “Starving rodents” were “ruining fruit trees” along the Florida River near Allison and in Montezuma Valley, where snow was 3 to 5 feet deep. Rabbits reportedly were climbing trees and gnawing the bark and even cutting through trunks of smaller trees.

75 years ago: Gregory Quintana, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Quintana, left Durango to undergo naval training at a military station in San Diego.

50 years ago: A wave of flu and mumps hit residents in the Allison and Arboles areas, with cases that resulted in death and several hospitalizations.

25 years ago: Some winning 1993 Snowdown “There’s Snow Place Like Home” Light Parade floats included: Elk Park Ranch for best animal entry; The Red Snapper for best hot air balloon; Black Feather Muchers’ “Follow the Yellow Snow Home” float for funniest or wittiest; the Florida Mesa Elementary School fifth-grade “Lost on the Yellow Brick Road” float for mayor’s choice; and Sunshine Preschool’s float for best overall.

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