And the West is History

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:00 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: The Strater Hotel was hiring area carpenters and plumbers to meet the increasing demand to provide guests with “rooms with bath.”

75 years ago: Construction of the state highway building on Sixth Street was nearing completion, with a crew of nine men working to meet an approaching deadline.

50 years ago: A “wide variety of subjects” related to “dryland bean and small grains farming” were discussed during the third biennial field day program at the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station north of Cortez.

25 years ago: Fort Lewis Mesa firefighters responded to a 25-acre out-of-control burn off County Road 106 and two other small fires that started near County Road 140. Fire chief John Vogel warned that fire danger was extremely high and urged residents not to burn trash or set controlled burns until conditions changed.

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.