100 years ago: There was an advertisement for pure seed potatoes, which included “Early Six Weeks and White Pearl varieties.”
75 years ago: The Department of Agriculture made an urgent appeal for “further increases in bean plantings” because of the rapid decline of “old beans” in Colorado.
50 years ago: Alva Lyons, retired Denver and Rio Grande Western conductor, noticed a pattern of abandonment by the railroad. Passengers who originally relied on rail transportation were diverted to buses, and freight-use declined as trucks became the new standard for shipping.
25 years ago: A man was unable to pay his bill at Denny’s, 666 Camino del Rio, and was taken to jail at almost 4 a.m.
Most items in this column are taken from The Durango Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not be verified.