And the West is History

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:01 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: Jim Walsh, a bridge supervisor in the San Juan Basin, was in Durango for the night. He was wearing a plug hat, which was used to “catch rivets” when repairing steel or iron bridges.

75 years ago: Western State College students from Gunnison were in Durango for a three-day trip that included a visit to “Mesa Verde Park.”

50 years ago: Democrats in La Plata County left for Fort Collins to attend the Colorado state assembly and convention.

25 years ago: La Plata County Sheriff Bill Gardner announced that a ban on all outside fires was ordered for La Plata County until further notice.

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.