And the West is History

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:43 AM

100 years ago: “Judging by the large express shipments, the patrons of the company have perfect faith the D. & R. G. can cope with any blockades that are scheduled our way.”

75 years ago: “Fire completely gutted the six-room house belonging to Mrs. Clarence Mayn in Animas City, leaving only the walls standing. The flames started in the dead air space between the gable roof and the walls of the upstairs room. The house is located about two blocks northeast of the Animas City Bridge.”

50 years ago: “Three sets of petitions for presentation to the Durango City Council are reportedly in circulation this week. One is in opposition to construction of a new city hall building on which the council is to open bids next month; one is asking that the dog leash law be again put on the ballot at the municipal election for determination by residents, and the third reportedly seeks removal of fluorides form the city water supply.”

25 years ago: “La Plata County sheriff’s officers, fighting a perception that the investigation into the deaths of two Cortez sisters is concluded, renewed their appeal to the public for help. The sheriff’s department released photographs of the sisters, whose bodies were found Feb. 14 at the bottom of a steep embankment off U.S. Highway 160 on Hesperus Hill about nine miles west of Durango.”

Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.