And the West is History

Friday, July 20, 2018 3:31 PM
The cornerstone was laid for the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, No. 507, in 1925 at Ninth Street and East Second Avenue. Durango Elks Lodge still uses the same building today, at 901 East Second Ave.

100 years ago: Mrs. J.A. Coppinger and her daughter, Gladys, who lived north of Durango, visited a summer camp at Pine Ridge, where Mr. Coppinger’s summer headquarters for his “large sheep interests” were located.

75 years ago: The Spanish Trails Fiesta in early August was expected to be the largest the area had ever seen.

50 years ago: Fire chief N.P. Parks reportedly “blasted” a “trespassing crow” from its perch on the pole used to support the fire department’s warning light and siren at the corner of “Tenth street and Third avenue.”

25 years ago: Durango police officers cited a man after his unoccupied GMC pickup rolled down the hill on North College Drive, went over an embankment and collided with several vehicles parked at Florida Village, 1206 Florida Road. Officer Kurt Keating reported that the man left his pickup in neutral with the engine running and parking brake on when it started to roll down the hill.

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