And the West is History

Thursday, July 5, 2018 3:02 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: Cave Basin mining representatives hoped that someday a railroad to Cripple Creek and Leadville would be built.

75 years ago: A farmer killed a bear that was “robbing” his bee hives of honey. The bear was unusually large, estimated at nearly 400 pounds. The carcass was given to the wildlife department.

50 years ago: According to the Colorado Crop and Livestock Reporting Service, soil moisture needs for dry-land crops were intensified by above-normal temperatures throughout the state.

25 years ago: Three small fires started in the area, including a grass fire from an abandoned campfire, a fire along the railroad tracks north of Durango and another grass fire west of Durango near U.S. Highway 160.

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