Durango Daily Herald, Sept. 9, 1887: “For sale – two lots well fenced, small plastered house, well located on Fourth Street. Price $400.
“Quite a large party of Durango people attended the party given by Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Darrow at Parrott City last evening.
“The City Council met Tuesday night and transacted the regular routine of business, nothing of special interest being done.
“Before sending out of town for your work, call on The Herald and get terms. You may be able to do better at home than to send out.
“The members of the W.C.T.U. are required to meet at the Methodist church this afternoon at four o’clock. Business of importance.
“Chas. A. Graf, of Silverton, has been in the city for a few days. Charley will be in Durango quite often hereafter as the attraction is very great.
“Wm. Emating of the Upper Animas valley laid a specimen of potatoes on our counter that for size and a quality is hard to beat, and raised without irrigation.
“The boys are getting up a dance to take place at the courthouse this evening. The music will be furnished by the band from Ft. Lewis and a good time is anticipated.
“The Silverton and Red Mountain railroad is progressing very satisfactorily. The grade is completed very near to Chattanooga and a large force of men are at work grading toward Chattanooga from Sheridan Junction.
“At the council meeting Tuesday evening Mayor Chapman was appointed a committee of one to consult with the board of trade and ascertain what can be done in the way of entertaining the National Editorial Association which meets in Denver on the 13th of the month. … Durango should not be behind in this matter as now is the time to advertise her resources to the outside world and, while it may appear rather expensive now, the benefits to be derived later on will more than compensate the expense. It will not be necessary to go to great expense, but something should be done as no town in the state possesses the natural advantages of Durango and now is the time to advertise her resources.
“As soon as circulation is sufficiently increased The Herald will contain the best telegraphic report Durango has ever had. Arrangements are being made to this end and we hope every businessman and all others will subscribe as a well conducted morning paper will be a credit to the town.
“Lost – a post office key. Finder please leave at this office.
“Go to Newman’s for slates and pencils, school books, etc.
“Now ready for inspection, the new goods at Mrs. B. E. Sanborn’s, come early and get the best selection.
“Grand Central Livery Stables
“We wish to remind our friends and the traveling public generally, that our stables are complete in all branches of the Livery Business.
“That we can at all times supply you with first class outfits.”
Duane Smith is a Fort Lewis College history professor. Reach him at 247-2589.