A mosaic, not a melting pot: La Plata County and immigrants

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A mosaic, not a melting pot: La Plata County and immigrants

Charles Naegelin, right, was born in Missouri in 1852 to German immigrant parents. He spoke with a strong German accent all his life. He and his brother ran a blacksmith shop in Parrott City, then in Animas City, before settling in Durango in 1881. Naegelin and his assistant, Clark Craven, are shown working on a wagon wheel in this photograph taken by Dr. B.J. Ochsner in the 1930s.

A mosaic, not a melting pot: La Plata County and immigrants

Charles Naegelin, right, was born in Missouri in 1852 to German immigrant parents. He spoke with a strong German accent all his life. He and his brother ran a blacksmith shop in Parrott City, then in Animas City, before settling in Durango in 1881. Naegelin and his assistant, Clark Craven, are shown working on a wagon wheel in this photograph taken by Dr. B.J. Ochsner in the 1930s.
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