And the West is History

Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:22 PM
Maude and Jim pull a water wagon and sprinkle the streets to reduce dust in 1918 or 1919. The driver is not identified.

100 years ago: Mr. Hughes “and the boys” entertained the Literary Society at his home. After the program, attendees sang “old time songs” and enjoyed watermelon and ice cream.

75 years ago: The Colorado Board of Health informed residents that seven cases of bubonic plague had been found among “squirrels and woodchucks” in the state and issued a warning that an epidemic would likely strike if the disease reached “eastern” rats. To prevent the disease from spreading, officials conducted exterminations of all rats in high-risk areas and improved waste management systems.

50 years ago: City manager Rob Rank announced that no irrigation would be permitted July 4-5 in Durango to allow “storage in the reservoir” to “build up.”

25 years ago: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a man pulled a gun on his son in the parking lot of the Jehovah’s Witness church near Ignacio.

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.