And the West is History

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 10:03 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: Mr. John Sponsel of Thompson’s Park returned home with his “rig,” which received attention from Durango residents.

75 years ago: A prospector, after traveling through Kennebec Pass in the La Plata Mountains, found a dead man, “apparently the victim of a heart attack,” in an old cabin near Flager’s Park.

50 years ago: Riley Byers, former owner of the Siesta Motel in Durango, was reported to have been “critically burned” by a power line carrying 7,000 volts while he was working in the field for Central Illinois Power Co. in Pekin, Illinois.

25 years ago: Trey Pecor announced the opening of his new business, “The Durango Bagel,” at 106 E. Fifth St.

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