FLC retrieves historic images from unstable negatives

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FLC retrieves historic images from unstable negatives

Half a million dollars in gold sits behind the teller cage at a Western Slope bank, probably in Montrose. The tellers scowl at the photographer and seriously guard their hoard. A Colt .45-caliber revolver and a large bore Smith & Wesson pistol sit next to the stacks of gold coins.
Horses must negotiate mud at the Camp Bird Mine loading platform high above Ouray. This photo was probably taken in the 1930s when David Lavender worked there in the gold mine to earn money to get married. His memorable description of Camp Bird is found in his classic book One Man’s West (1943).
This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. One of the many goals of NPS Director Stephen Mather was the creation of a Park to Park Highway to link national parks across the American West. This panel truck and people represent a promotional effort for the Park to Park Highway movement to link Mesa Verde with other national parks. Though the people in the photograph are as yet unidentified, the handsome man with the beaded leather jacket is probably Southern Ute Chief Buckskin Charlie (Yohoowits, Coyote) in one of the last photos taken of him.
Red Mountain Pass once had a spur railroad and a town named Red Mountain. Here, the mine buildings rise above the jail with a man standing in the doorway. Only spikes, nails and ore samples remain from the mine, but the historic jail still stands not far from the Million Dollar Highway.
A young man stands next to the bed of a pickup truck which contains wooden cases of Gold Medal Explosives and a gelatin box for fuses and blasting caps. Let’s hope he drove safely on his way to one of the many mines in the San Juan Mountains.
The Colorado State Woolgrowers Convention met in downtown Montrose for its outdoor banquet on July 25, 1932. The Woolgrowers still hold their annual July meetings in Montrose. This year, the dates are July 13-14.

FLC retrieves historic images from unstable negatives

Half a million dollars in gold sits behind the teller cage at a Western Slope bank, probably in Montrose. The tellers scowl at the photographer and seriously guard their hoard. A Colt .45-caliber revolver and a large bore Smith & Wesson pistol sit next to the stacks of gold coins.
Horses must negotiate mud at the Camp Bird Mine loading platform high above Ouray. This photo was probably taken in the 1930s when David Lavender worked there in the gold mine to earn money to get married. His memorable description of Camp Bird is found in his classic book One Man’s West (1943).
This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. One of the many goals of NPS Director Stephen Mather was the creation of a Park to Park Highway to link national parks across the American West. This panel truck and people represent a promotional effort for the Park to Park Highway movement to link Mesa Verde with other national parks. Though the people in the photograph are as yet unidentified, the handsome man with the beaded leather jacket is probably Southern Ute Chief Buckskin Charlie (Yohoowits, Coyote) in one of the last photos taken of him.
Red Mountain Pass once had a spur railroad and a town named Red Mountain. Here, the mine buildings rise above the jail with a man standing in the doorway. Only spikes, nails and ore samples remain from the mine, but the historic jail still stands not far from the Million Dollar Highway.
A young man stands next to the bed of a pickup truck which contains wooden cases of Gold Medal Explosives and a gelatin box for fuses and blasting caps. Let’s hope he drove safely on his way to one of the many mines in the San Juan Mountains.
The Colorado State Woolgrowers Convention met in downtown Montrose for its outdoor banquet on July 25, 1932. The Woolgrowers still hold their annual July meetings in Montrose. This year, the dates are July 13-14.
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